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EPA threatens tougher measures on Chesapeake pollution

October 1st, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to hit five mid-Atlantic states with new rules that could raise sewer bills and limit construction in a large-scale crackdown on pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

The move represents the most aggressive action in the 27-year history of the Chesapeake cleanup. When states previously failed to meet deadlines in 2000 and 2010, the agency did nothing. The new deadline is 2025, but the EPA served notice that it will not tolerates states lagging behind in improvements.

Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware and New York are in the EPA crosshairs. Those states combine to account for more than 70 percent of the pollution that causes “dead zones” in the bay. The agency informed those states that their cleanup plans “serious deficiencies” and threatened to force them to make up the difference with costly new measures.

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Navy initiates green development policies

January 20th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports



With 40 installations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed alone, the United States Navy has an enormous environmental impact on the region. New construction and regular improvements of existing facilities pose a major challenge in terms of limiting damage to the local ecosystem.

Development in the region is increasing the number of impervious surfaces (roofs, driveways, parking lots, etc.) at a rate four times greater than population growth. As a result, stormwater runoff has become a major threat in terms of polluting the Bay.

The Navy has developed a low-impact policy aimed at maintaining or restoring pre-development hydrology. Using a combination of vegetation and retention devices, stormwater is managed at the source rather than allowing the water to travel downstream.

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Fertilizers expected to create large 2009 dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

June 19th, 2009


The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to grow this year to between 7,400 and 8,400 square miles, a size roughly equivalent to the state of New Jersey, according to researchers at the University of Michigan.

That means the zone will be among the top three largest on record; the largest oxygen-starved zone reached 8,484 square miles in 2002.

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