Bay Foundation opposes public comment extension

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Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 19 at 6:07 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says it opposes calls to extend the public comment period for the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake restoration strategy.

A home builder's group called on the EPA on Monday to extend the public comment period, following a letter sent on Friday by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and other members of Congress also seeking an extension.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued a statement Tuesday saying the calls are an attempt to delay the process for short-term profit. Baker says clean, clear water is a right and a clean bay will stimulate the economy and ensure healthy communities.

The EPA introduced the strategy Sept. 24, beginning a 45-day comment period.

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