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New Bay cleanup plans on schedule despite federal shutdown

Despite a 35-day government shutdown that sidelined federal agency involvement, Chesapeake Bay restoration leaders say they are committed to maintaining the deadline to complete new cleanup plans.

Senior state and federal officials said at a meeting last week that they intend to complete draft watershed implementation plans and submit them to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for review by the original deadline of April 12.

 “I would say it would be premature right now to revise the Phase III WIP schedule,” said Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles, who chairs the Bay Program’s Principals’ Staff Committee.

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Managing the Chesapeake Bay requires sound policies that reduce pollution and protect ecosystems within it’s 64,000-square-mile watershed. Those policies — often expensive — not only need to be scientifically sound, but must be defensible in the political process at the national, state and local levels. A robust debate is often part of that process. Ultimately, the success of efforts to protect the region’s environment require both sound policy making and political support.

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