Court dismisses Chesapeake Bay trading lawsuit

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A lawsuit brought by two environmental groups against the use of pollution trading to clean up the Chesapeake Bay was dismissed Friday. The original lawsuit sought to sue the Environmental Protection Agency.

Judge Rudolph Contreras in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion by the EPA to dismiss the lawsuit.

Food & Water Watch and Friends of the Earth sued the EPA in October 2012, claiming that the market-based cleanup program that is part of the EPA’s “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay violates the federal Clean Water Act and would undermine efforts to restore the Bay instead of help it.

The judge ruled that the groups brought their lawsuit prematurely because EPA has not approved any pollution trades drawn up by Bay states. He also declared that the groups cannot show they had legal standing to challenge the programs.

Three months ago, a federal judge in Pennsylvania dismissed legal challenges to EPA’s authority to impose the “pollution diet”. In that case the American Farm Bureau appealed that decision.

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usa  |  December, 19, 2013 at 08:16 AM

No wonder. If one follows this administrations adjenda a federal judge or EPA officials Will stick together being all in cahoots with each other. Power and scare tactics are co.mon when a government is too big and way out of control. The Winners are those that are supposed to be working for the people Not we work for the..

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