A U.S. Appeals Court affirmed the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, July 6. West Virginia Rivers Coalition and other clean water partners, including the National Wildlife Federation, had filed an amicus brief that called for the federal appeals court to uphold the U.S. District court’s ruling supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to administer the Clean Water Act.
In January 2011, the American Farm Bureau Federation filed suit against the EPA, arguing that the federal government violated its own laws and regulations when establishing the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load—which specifies how much nutrient pollution can be released into the Bay without harm. The National Association of Home Builders and six livestock/fertilizer groups were added to the case.
Organizations representing municipal authorities asked for, and were granted, motions to intervene in the lawsuit in support of EPA’s actions on the TMDL. Interveners included the Jefferson County WV Public Service District.
“This is good news for everyone,” said WV Rivers executive director Angie Rosser. “With clean water, everyone wins.”
The American Farm Bureau Federation may ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. Read the full opinion here.