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Pew Testimony in Opposition to SB 1029

Pew Testimony in Opposition to SB 1029 Before the Maryland Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs 

Velma Smith of The Pew Charitable Trusts' campaign to reform animal agriculture testified before the Maryland State Senate on the Maryland Agriculture Certainty Program.

While the program is well intentioned, she said, it would undermine Maryland's long-held position of leadership in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

Pew sees several critical problems with this language and with the underlying approach.

  1. The construct and the language of the bill, particularly Section 8-1006, create confusion, not certainty, regarding the environmental management of agricultural activities. SB 1029 invites disagreement over which requirements remain in force and which are held in abeyance.
  2. SB 1029 raises points of confusion regarding Maryland's regulation of CAFOs under the federal Clean Water Act. 
  3. In the context of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, SB 1029's treatment of other sources of nutrient and sediment pollution, such as sewage treatment plants, appears discriminatory. 
  4. Passage of SB 1029 will remove Maryland from its leadership position in fighting for Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

Read the full testimony below.

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