As Bay Daily readers no doubt know, the national farm lobby has gone to court to oppose the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the federal-state plan to restore the Bay (in EPA-speak, the Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL).
In recently published reports, American Farm Bureau Federation attorney Ellen Steen contends, “Our appeal has nothing to do with stopping the ongoing work of restoring the Chesapeake Bay. We are fighting to preserve the careful balance of federal versus state and local power that Congress built into the Clean Water Act.
“It’s not about whether EPA can set a total pollutant load – it’s about whether EPA can dictate which land can be farmed, or where homes, schools and roads can be built. Those who claim otherwise are either failing to read our court papers or are intentionally misleading the public.”
A few weeks ago, the Farm Bureau recruited the attorneys general from 21 states across the country to jump on the bandwagon to fight the Bay cleanup. One of them, the Florida attorney general, echoed Steen’s claim about EPA in a recent op-ed in The Florida Times-Union newspaper:
“The best way to serve the cause of environmental protection is to recognize the states’ authority and be vigilant about EPA overreach. This brief is not about whether to protect the environment; it is about defending the role Congress gave states in protecting their own widely varying environments. I will remain steadfast in my efforts to stop the federal government from exceeding its authority and infringing on our rights.”
Bay Daily is here to say…BUNK!