04/18/2011 - One of the cuts that resulted from the tense negotiations to avert a government shutdown was welcomed by advocates of the Chesapeake Bay restoration plan. An amendment offered by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) would have prevented federal funding of the EPA's efforts to impose and enforce its "pollution diet" for the Bay, but fortunately it was removed with the rest of the GOP's legislative "riders."
Of course that isn't the end of the story, because such language is certain to be resurrected as Congress pursues a spending plan for fiscal 2012. Those who agree that federal involvement is necessary to achieve the goal of a restored Chesapeake Bay need to be vigilant.
Read the editorial EPA and The Bay in full on The Free Lance-Star's Web site.