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Bay Foundation Settles EPA Suit

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By ALEX DOMINGUEZ Associated Press Writer

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has settled its lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, calling it a "game changer" for the health of the nation's largest estuary.

The foundation sued the federal agency over the slow pace of the cleanup efforts, but put the suit on hold while the EPA developed a restoration strategy.

The settlement announced Tuesday in Annapolis comes a day before the EPA is to announce the strategy mandated last year by a presidential executive order.

The foundation says that unlike previous agreements, the settlement is a legally enforceable commitment that requires EPA to take specific actions to cut bay pollution.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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