(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte announced his intention to introduce legislation today, called the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act, which is designed to derail Bay clean-up efforts. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) opposes the legislation, and CBF Federal Affairs Director Doug Siglin issued the following statement:
"For 25 years, the six Bay states, the federal government, and the District of Columbia have put programs in place that have made modest progress in reducing pollution and restoring local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. But, there has never been a broad requirement to reduce pollution to levels scientists have determined are needed to save the Bay. Until now.
"Congressman Goodlatte's legislation would undo the progress we have made, with adverse impacts on seafood, human health, and the regional economy. It is no surprise that Congressman Goodlatte is continuing his efforts to stop Bay restoration efforts, as he has introduced similar legislation in the past. In fact, it is a goal he shares with the American Farm Bureau Federation and other industry trade associations that are trying to achieve the same ends in federal court.
"Congressman Goodlatte's bill would undermine the pollution limits currently in place, derail clean-up efforts, and undercut the federal government's role in making sure that all Americans have access to clean, swimmable, fishable waters. The federal government has a key role to play in the restoration of local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay, and we urge all members of Congress to steer well clear of this damaging legislation."