A number of organizations yesterday filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its new clean water rules for the Chesapeake Bay and waters in Florida.
EPA set stringent pollution rules for the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed and for Florida rivers, lakes and other bodies of water that could restrict manure use, establishing for nitrogen, phosphorous and other chemicals Total Maximum Daily Limits that can go into those waters.
The American Farm Bureau Federation and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Monday filed a lawsuit against EPA in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. The Florida League of Cities and the Florida Stormwater Association filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Pensacola.
The TMDLs are expected to serve as models for other waterways, including the Mississippi River, and could be used to limit the size of farms and restrict the application of manure to cropland.