Maryland Senator Ben Cardin is proposing a way for the federal government to help restore the Chesapeake Bay.
Cardin wants to see a nitrogen and phosphorous pollution cap-and-trade program when the federal legislation for restoring the Bay comes up for re-authorization.
Cardin says his bill codifies President Obama's order that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency release a bay restoration strategy. The move would put the federal government in charge of efforts that had been led by bay states in the past.
The Maryland Democrat also says his bill includes $1.5 billion in grants to control urban and suburban storm water runoff, which is the only pollution sector that is still growing.
Bill Redlin reports...