RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s role in restoring the Chesapeake Bay is scheduled to be outlined to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The McDonnell administration has been negotiating with the EPA to smooth differences over the plan, which is part a multistate effort to restore one of the world’s biggest estuaries. It is due to be submitted Monday to the EPA.

The administration has been criticized for what some view as a  status quo approach to regulate activities such as agriculture and sprawl that contribute to the bay’s crippled environmental health.

Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation say they have not seen the state’s revised plan and are skeptical of the state’s commitment.

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