03/17/2011 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's effort to put Chesapeake Bay states on a "pollution diet" represents the most hopeful effort toward cleaning up the estuary in a generation. So why are House Republicans so invested in sabotaging it?
That the GOP would like to thwart the EPA on any number of fronts is clear enough. The House attempted to block funding of the EPA's Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) restrictions on nutrients and sediment earlier this year, and only opposition from the Senate has prevented a general evisceration of the agency's budget.
But the contempt for pollution-control efforts was back on full display this week as a House agriculture subcommittee held a hearing to allow the region's farmers to vent their frustration with proposed pollution controls. The committee directed much of its ire at EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe for his agency "overstepping its authority" and pointedly suggested that any bay cleanup efforts be left to states.
Read the full editorial The Bay 'Diet' Draws Fire on The Baltimore Sun's Web site.