10/02/2010 - After decades of broken promises regarding the Chesapeake Bay, the Environmental Protection Agency is threatening states in the bay's watershed: Meet pollution standards -- or else. The threat is justified and overdue. But the powers available to the EPA are blunt instruments. Everyone would be better off if the states reacted to the warning by improving their own pollution-control plans.
The EPA's threat comes as it proposes a "pollution diet" for the Chesapeake watershed -- the amount of each pollutant each jurisdiction can dump into its waterways and still keep the bay healthy. Relative to this standard, the EPA deemed the pollution-control plans of Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia -- all part of the bay's 64,000-square-mile watershed -- seriously deficient.
Read the rest of the editorial Getting Tough for the Bay on The Washington Post's web site.