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EPA to Set PA Targets on Chesapeake Bay

The EPA notified Pennsylvania this month that it will be developing Pennsylvania-specific goals for reducing nutrients and sediment in the Pennsylvania portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to help the Commonwealth get back on track to meeting its 2025 TMDL cleanup commitments.

The notice was part of the new EPA progress report about how states are doing in meeting their Chesapeake Bay Watershed cleanup milestones.  The Wolf Administration announced a “reboot” of the state’s Bay strategy earlier this year, but EPA said more needs done if the state hopes to achieve its target goals.

Last month, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that EPA needs to coordinate with USDA on moving forward.  Additional federal funds will be important to helping the state meet targets set by the EPA and Chesapeake Bay Commission.