Farm group says EPA plans will “starve agriculture”
A farm lobbying group is opposed to federal antipollution plans for the Chesapeake Bay.
The American Farm Bureau Federation says plans to keep pollution from running into the bay could ruin agriculture over a wide area.
Federation President Bob Stallman said yesterday that the plans announced by the Environmental Protection Agency threaten to “starve agriculture” out of the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. Stallman said farmers support clean water, but it is state government, not the EPA, that can best decide how to regulate farming practices.
The EPA outlined its restoration plan last month, saying farm and urban runoff, air pollution and sewer overflows have helped create oxygen depleted “dead zones” in the 200-mile-long bay.
John Ogle, WCVE News