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AMI Urges EPA to Withdraw Draft Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load

Monday, October 18, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

AMI joined a number of agricultural and forestry organizations requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdraw its draft Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), which was released for comment on September 24, 2010.

“We believe that EPA should withdraw the Draft TMDL and instead work with the states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the District of Columbia (Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions) to develop TMDLs in 2011 for tidal waters in the Chesapeake Bay watershed impaired by nutrients and sediments.  This delay will allow EPA to gather more data to correct errors in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed model relating to assumptions regarding nutrient use and management as well as suburban land characteristics,” said the organizations in a letter to the EPA.

If the EPA refuses to withdraw the Draft TMDL, the organizations requested that EPA make all relevant information regarding the model it relied on to develop the TMDL available to the public and to provide 120 days to review and comment.

“EPA is relying on the ‘Scenario Builder’ model to determine the assumptions under which the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model predicts that water quality standards will be met. … EPA’s failure to make adequate information about this important model available for public review is a violation of 40 C.F.R. 130.79(c)(1)(ii), which requires calculations used to establish TMDLs to be subject to public review, as well as a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act,” the letter states.

To view this request letter in its entirety, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/63547

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