Maryland, Virginia support EPA's fight against Clean Power Plan overturn
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is commending the state's decision to stand with the Environmental Protection Agency's fight against a proposed overturning of the Clean Power Plan.
Twenty-six states and industry groups are seeking to overturn the Clean Power Plan in federal court. However, Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh and Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring have announced they will support the EPA.
The Clean Power Plan is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fueled power plants through mandatory requirements at the state level. The ultimate goal of the restrictions is to lessen damage caused to the environment and human heath by greenhouse gas emissions.
At a local level, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President Kim Coble says that "science has demonstrated that water temperatures in the Bay are warming at a faster rate than air temperatures. Warmer waters can increase the size of algal blooms and dead zones in our waterways, as well as affect fish spawning. Transitioning to more renewable energy sources will also reduce nitrogen pollution, which damages water quality in local rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay."