Right and left at odds in Chesapeake Bay cleanup

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The Washington Post reports plans for water cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay are being “hit by opponents from both the left and right.”

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation sued the Environmental Protection Agency in 2008 for “failing to restore the watershed under the Clean Water Act,” and it questions if the EPA is doing enough in forcing states to do specific cleanup measures.

The American Farm Bureau Federation is referred to as the “right” because it has filed its lawsuit arguing that the EPA has overstepped its authority to require states to do specific pollution-control measures as defined by the federal agency.

On the “left” is the Food and Water Watch that wants to stop “nutrient trading.” And there is in-fighting among left-leaning groups about trying to stop nutrient trading practices. The trading concept is that if a farmer reduces measured nutrient runoff then those clean-up credits can be purchased by a city or business to offset not having to reduce their nutrient pollution.

To read the full Washington Post article written by Darryl Fears click here.

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kansas  |  November, 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Coming to every farm state soon! EPA & Co-horts in Eco/Enviro Industrial Complex Attack Agriculture, while ignoring urban polluters. Meanwhile, in D.C., Carbon Taxers plot to undermine businesses across the U.S.! I'm interested in something else too, not addressed here. Why do these Environmental Groups oppose the trading/sale of pollution off-sets by farms in this case, but are wildly supportive of carbon off-sets/trading elsewhere? Aren't they basicly the same thing, i.e., pollution. Is it Hypocrisy? Politics? Loyalty to pop-culture enviro-celebrities? A question somebody should be asking.

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