Supreme Court won’t hear Chesapeake Bay appeal

Supreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from farm groups challenging EPA’s plan to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The justices have let stand the lower court ruling that upheld the EPA’s restrictions on farm and construction runoff and wastewater treatment.

The American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers (NCGA), National Pork Producers Council and other groups fought the restrictions. They claimed that the EPA was infringing upon state authority to regulate waterways.

In a news release, NCGA expressed disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision.

“While this action relates to the EPA’s so-called ‘blueprint’ for restoring the Chesapeake Bay, it has national implications related to the power and reach of the federal government,” NCGA says. “The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, is an unlawful overreach of federal regulatory power.”


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