White House Spotlights Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

Law360, New York (May 13, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In an effort to restore Chesapeake Bay to health, the White House has created a federal committee charged with flexing regulatory powers and expediting the cleanup of the nation’s largest estuary.

President Obama issued an executive order Tuesday establishing a Federal Leadership Committee, which comprises seven federal agencies, headed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the goal of achieving pollution reductions that have consistently foiled regulatory efforts.

Chesapeake Bay has suffered from a legacy of fallen initiatives, as three previous agreements to improve water quality...
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