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Posted at 4:35 PM ET, 12/29/2010

EPA accepts Va. Chesapeake Bay plan as agency lays out clean-up roadmap

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

Washington Post staff writer Juliet Eilperin is reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency released detailed steps Wednesday that must be taken by the District of Columbia and six states, including Virginia, by 2025 to help clean up the Chesepeake Bay.

Read more from Eilperin here.

The 200-page plan from the EPA, which is legally enforceable, comes as the EPA has reviewed plans submitted by states in the Chesapeake watershed this fall. In a statement, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) indicated that the EPA has accepted Virginia's plan.

In a statement, he said he was confident that the plan his state laid out could "achieve significant cost-effective reductions in pollution to the bay."

"We feel it is a stringent but workable plan that demonstrates Virginia's commitment to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay while providing for continued economic growth in the commonwealth," McDonnell said. "After much discussion with the EPA, the approved plan balances the important environmental protection concerns with the need to protect jobs in agriculture and farming. While we maintain our concern about aspects of the EPA watershed model and enforcement authority, as well as the significant additional public and private-sector costs associated with plan implementation, we believe Virginia's plan will make a significant contribution to improving water quality in the bay."

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | December 29, 2010; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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