October 19, 2010
CBF Opposes Extension of TMDL Comment Period
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued the following statement concerning calls by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and a group of 21 Congressmen (some from as far away as Wyoming and South Dakota) for an extension of the public comment period for EPA's Bay TMDL, or pollution budget ("Builders ask more time for bay pollution diet," B'MoreGreen blog).
"Since 1987, science has provided a clear finding as to the levels of pollution reduction needed in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. At that time, the states committed to meet those levels by 2000. They failed. So in 2000, reduction efforts were reaffirmed and a new deadline was set, 2010. By 2006 it was clear that voluntary actions would fail again, and EPA and the states began work on developing the pollution budget which would be mandated in 2010 by a federal court order from 1999. The process was open to the public and to special interest groups alike. There are no surprises here.
"The NAHB and others claim that they need more time for review. This is merely an attempt to delay and derail the clean-up process for short-term profit and narrow interests' benefit.
"To restore local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay, no one should be exempt from doing their part. Clean, clear water is a right we must all demand. It stimulates the economy, supports a broad spectrum of jobs, and ensures healthy communities for us all.
"The Bay is a national treasure. It is time to protect it. CBF calls on EPA to reject more delay and fulfill its commitment on time."