The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s outdoors writer, Andy Thompson, produced a column Friday declaring Virginia might have to get tough to protect James. It included discussion of recent commentary from Bill Street, executive director of the James River Association, and W. Tayloe Murphy Jr., of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which James River News Hub posted previously. Here is tidbit from Thompson:
For at least a quarter century, Virginia and other bay states have played chicken with the federal government – and won. They’ve called the feds’ bluff, betting they wouldn’t use the authority granted by the Clean Water Act of 1972 to enforce cleanup plans the states paid little more than lip service to.
Well, now the feds seem serious, threatening states’ permit-issuing capacity for things such as wastewater treatment plants, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and residential developments.
“Everyone acknowledges it’s not the best way to accomplish the goals [of cleaning up the bay],” said Bill Street. “But if [the EPA is] left with no choice, then they are compelled by the Clean Water Act to do that.”