Source: Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council

A new report seriously questions the data used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay. Commissioned by a coalition of agricultural groups, the report contrasts EPA's estimate of the Bay's "nutrient diet" with those of the Agriculture Department, which are much more favorable to farmers. It asks EPA to not issue a rule setting the Bay's "pollution loads" until the inconsistencies can be reconciled.

The report was prepared by LimnoTech, one of the nation's leading water sciences adn environmental engineering consulting firms. It compared EPA's Total Maximum Daily Loads with those in the draft U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report Assessment of the Effects of Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland in the Chesapeake Bay Region. 

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