The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today released its 10th annual State of the Bay report, scoring the Chesapeake again this year a 28 on a scale of 100. Because the report showed no significant progress, CBF is challenging the federal Environmental Protection Agency to use its regulatory authority immediately to take aggressive new action to reduce pollution.
CBF president Will Baker told the press, “That the Chesapeake Bay, a national treasure, remains in critical condition is outrageous. It is a national disgrace. Who are we kidding! It is 2009 and this national treasure is still getting trashed, while government refuses to use every possible tool available to stop it. When will EPA exercise its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act to set strict a strict pollution reduction mandate and enforce it? Do laws mean nothing when it only nature that is getting injured?” (click here for full announcement.)