Chesapeake Bay Foundation faults US bay commitment

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Associated Press

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 10:10 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the federal government is falling short in its commitments to clean up the bay.

The foundation has been a leading voice in the multi-state, multi-billion-dollar effort to restore the bay by 2025. Partners in the historic restoration include Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, three other states and the District of Columbia.

In a news release, the foundation said its criticism is based on a review of the federal government's 2014-15 draft milestones, as well as other actions. It concluded that the government is not meeting its commitment to expand forest buffers, limit air pollution and comply with the Clean Water Act when approving permits to reduce stormwater pollution from urban and suburban runoff.

The measures are intended to limit pollution that ends up in the bay.

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