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States fear 'power grab' by EPA in Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort

Attorneys general in 21 states are fighting to block Environmental Protection Agency pollution limits designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, fearing the Obama administration will use that authority to regulate wetlands in their states.The attorneys general filed an amicus brief earlier this month in support of the American Farm Bureau Federation's challenge to the cleanup plan, which aims to reduce pollutants and get the bay up to federal clean-water standards by 2025, the  Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.The states argue that the effort is "the culmination of (the EPA's) decade-long attempt to control exactly how states achieve federal water quality requirements under the (Clean Water Act), and marks the beginning of the end of meaningful state participation in water pollution regulation."In September, a judge dismissed a bid by the farm bureau and other industry groups to block the plan, finding that the cleanup did not violate the Clean Water Act because the EPA...

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