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EPA Says Virginia's Bay Plan Lacking

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By Meymo Lyons

The EPA is calling on Chesapeake Bay watershed states to toughen their bay restoration plans. The federal Environmental Protection Agency says plans filed by Maryland and the District of Columbia represent a strong start.

But the EPA says plans from five other states, including Virginia, have gaps. Those gaps are reducing its confidence that they can cut pollution enough to meet restoration goals.

In response, the EPA says its bay plan includes tightening of permits for pollution sources such as wastewater treatment plants, storm water systems and animal feeding operations. But the agency says it hopes the states will provide more assurance in their final plans so those steps won't be necessary.

The other states are Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York.

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