Wednesday, February 15, 2012

EPA reviews WIP II Drafts and Two Year Milestones


On February 15, 2012, EPA provided feedback to state/district submitted Draft WIP II and Two Year Milestones.  EPA acknowledged “key strengths,” listed areas to improve, and suggested repercussions for failure to provide “reasonable assurance” that the area will meet the Final TMDL allocation limits.   

EPA also made a general note to all jurisdictions on potential EPA actions.  EPA reiterated it might take certain federal actions, as described in its December 29, 2009 letter, to ensure Bay TMDL allocations are achieved.

In the December letter, EPA claimed it may exercise its discretionary authority to take any or all of the following actions: (1) expand NPDES permit coverage to currently unregulated sources, (2) object to NPDES permits and increase program oversight, (3) require net improvement offsets, (4) establish finer scale wasteload and load allocations in Bay TMDL, (5) require additional reductions of loadings from point sources, (6) increase and target federal enforcement and compliance assurance in the watershed, (7) condition or redirect EPA grants, and (8) federal promulgation of local nutrient water quality standards. 

Considering agriculture, EPA determined Pennsylvania provided less reasonable assurance than demonstrated in Phase I WIP.  In contrast, EPA determined Virginia provided “strong” reasonable assurance.  In West Virginia, EPA concluded it demonstrated stronger reasonable assurance than earlier submissions.  In Delaware, EPA found “there was no backsliding from the . . . reasonable assurance in the Phase I WIP.”  EPA made no mention of reasonable assurance in the Maryland review.

Click here to view EPA's Review of Pennsylvania's Draft WIP II and Two Year Milestones

Click here to view EPA's Review of Maryland's Draft WIP II and Two Year Milestones

Click here to view EPA's Review of Virginia's Draft WIP II and Two Year Milestones

Click here to view EPA's Review of Delaware's Draft WIP II and Two Year Milestones

Click here to view EPA's Review of West Virginia's Draft WIP II and Two Year Milestones

Written by Justin Ritter, Research Fellow
 February 16, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

President Obama's FY 2013 Proposed Budget to Increase Chesapeake Bay Restoration Funding to EPA


On February 13, 2012, President Obama published his proposed budget for Fiscal-Year (FY) 2013. 

Concerning the Chesapeake Bay, President Obama seeks to increase EPA’s Bay restoration funding by $15 million.  President Obama proposes the funding will be used to support Bay watershed States as they implement their Watershed Implementation Plans.

For a summary describing the proposed budget’s affect on American agriculture please visit: Obama’s FY 2013 Budget and Agriculture Summary.
 
Written By Justin Ritter, Research Fellow 
February 15, 2012