EPA Sediment Limits and Virginia’s “Pollution Diet” Planning

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On August 13, 2010, EPA announced draft sediment limits for the jurisdictions and major river basins in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including those affecting Virginia, its rivers and the Eastern Shore. Virginia, along with other watershed states and the District of Columbia, are expected to use the limits, along with those issued for nitrogen and phosphorus last July 1, to develop Watershed Implementation Plan(s) (“WIPs”). WIPS, in turn, will detail how each state intends to meet the “strict pollution diet” that was set in motion by an Executive Order, issued by President Obama in May 2009. Virginia has until September 1, 2010, to provide a first draft of its WIP to EPA.

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