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Pennsylvania Leading Offender in Chesapeake Bay Pollution Review (2)

July 27, 2018, 3:32 PMUpdated: July 27, 2018, 8:18 PM

Pennsylvania is the leading culprit preventing mid-Atlantic states from meeting ambitious federal targets to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, according to a July 27 EPA analysis.

States have made great strides since the targets were set in 2010 to eliminate some pollutants from the Bay, such as phosphorus and sediment. But when it comes to the nitrogen pollution that comes from fertilizer runoff, animal waste, and other agricultural activities, the Environmental Protection Agency found the region is not on target.

The targets require the region to achieve a 25 percent reduction in the total amount of nitrogen going...

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