Environment & Energy Report

EPA Approval of Chesapeake-Related Water Quality Report Upheld

Dec. 2, 2019, 5:57 PM

The EPA’s approval of a Maryland water quality report reclassifying some impaired Chesapeake Bay watershed segments wasn’t arbitrary or capricious, a D.C. federal district judge said Dec. 2.

Six clean water-focused organizations challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Maryland’s report, which reclassified some impaired waters based on pollution standards for the entire bay. But the agency didn’t violate the Administrative Procedure Act when it approved the reclassifications, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said.

The EPA established total maximum daily loads for certain pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. These TMDLs cover more than four dozen...

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