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Group Sues Over Chesapeake Restoration Strategy

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A homebuilder’s group is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s strategy for restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

The National Association of Home Builders filed suit in federal court in Pennsylvania on Friday. The group says the EPA’s strategy unlawfully circumvents the Clean Water Act, which gives primary authority to the states. It also claims the public wasn’t given enough time or information to comment on the strategy and asks the court to block its enforcement.

The suit is the latest challenge to the restoration effort. The American Farm Bureau Federation is also challenging the strategy in the same court. Environmental groups and ratepayer groups, meanwhile, are siding with the EPA.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the suit by the homebuilder’s group is another attempt by a special interest to avoid responsibility.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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