Challenge to Chesapeake cleanup tests EPA power

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 12, 2010, file photo, a man looks out over the Chesapeake Bay, with the Bay Bridge in the background, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Md. A federal court is deciding whether the Obama administration's plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed oversteps legal bounds, an election-year appeal by farmers and 21 attorneys general that could shape future U.S environmental policy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 12, 2010, file photo, a man looks out over the Chesapeake Bay, with the Bay Bridge in the background, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Md. A federal court is deciding whether the Obama administration's plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed oversteps legal bounds, an election-year appeal by farmers and 21 attorneys general that could shape future U.S environmental policy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland is joining three other jurisdictions in supporting the Obama administration’s plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It’s seeking to counter an election-year legal challenge by farmers and 21 attorneys general.

The case before a federal court in Philadelphia asks whether the EPA went too far in negotiating a 2010 agreement that sets pollution limits on the nation’s largest estuary.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler argues the cleanup is making progress and shouldn’t be derailed by outside states with no interest in the Chesapeake Bay. Joining him are Delaware and the District of Columbia; Virginia earlier had submitted a separate brief in support.

Among the other states which agreed to the Chesapeake plan, West Virginia is now opposed.

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