Wednesday, June 29, 2011

NAHB SUES EPA OVER CHESAPEAKE BAY PRESERVATION

The National Association of Homebuilders is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s strategy for restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

The group claims in a lawsuit filed Friday in Scranton, Pa., that the EPA is circumventing the federal Clean Water Act by setting limits for how much pollution can come from farms, factories, lawns and other sources in each of the six bay watershed states.

Pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer, auto and power plant emissions spawn oxygen-robbing algae blooms once they reach the bay, creating dead zones.
“EPA used an unprecedented process to micromanage waterways from Virginia to New York through the assignment of highly specific pollutant loads,” the complaint reads.
The group says the strategy will make permits for residential and light commercial development in the watershed harder to obtain. The association said it represents more than 160,000 members in home building, remodeling, multifamily housing construction, property management, subcontracting, design, finance, manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. 

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Impact Area

About 16,000 are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which covers Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, New York and the District of Columbia.

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