EPA Evaluates States’ Chesapeake Bay Plans

BALTIMORE (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency official says West Virginia has made the most improvement on its Chesapeake Bay restoration plans, and Pennsylvania has the most work to do.

The EPA plans to post its comments on the state plans online Friday. The plans are the second set submitted by the six bay watershed states and include how they plan to achieve pollution reductions on the local level. New York, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland are the other four states.

Jim Edwards, the deputy director of EPA’s Chesapeake Bay program office, said New York submitted its plan late and the agency hasn’t finished evaluating that state’s plan. Maryland, meanwhile, submitted the most detailed plans.

The agency is spearheading a new federally led bay restoration effort in response to a presidential order.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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