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Cardin Offers Hope for the Chesapeake Bay

For Immediate Release: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

WASHINGTON – Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced legislation today aimed at reducing pollution that has endangered the Chesapeake Bay watershed for over 25 years. The Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act will give state and federal governments more power and funding to clean up pollution from agriculture sources and metropolitan storm run-off.

“The voluntary approach to Chesapeake Bay clean-up has hampered efforts to stop pollution from agriculture and urban sources,” said Environmental Working Group vice-president Craig Cox. “Senator Cardin’s bill, however, is another positive step in the process to bring real regulatory and enforcement tools to bear on polluters. If the Bay states step up as equal partners in this new process, then there is hope for the Chesapeake Bay’s future,” Cox concluded.

The Environmental Working Group recently released a report on the Chesapeake Bay entitled, Facing Facts in the Chesapeake Bay.


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