EPA Holds Public Hearing On Chesapeake Bay Watershed

By WBNG News

EPA Holds Public Hearing On Chesapeake Bay Watershed

October 27, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 5:45 AM EDT

The Environmental Protection Agency is back in Binghamton for a public hearing.

Last month, the EPA held a two-day hearing in Binghamton on hydro-fracturing.

This time, it's on pollution levels in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

In late September, the EPA released its plan to limit the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment states could put into the watershed.

New York's DEC estimates that complying with those regulations would cost at least $2 billion. It would require upgrading sewage systems, farms and treatment plants.

States would have to meet the new standards by 2025.

The EPA will take public comment on the plan at a public hearing Wednesday. It starts at 2:00pm at the Binghamton Regency Hotel at 225 Water Street.

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