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Feds Propose Limited Immunity for Water Polluters

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Agriculture is the largest contributor to water pollution in the U.S., dumping millions of pounds of nitrogen and phosphorous into the nation’s waterways each year. But as the problem worsens and government scrambles to find a solution, a program offering regulatory exemptions to farmers who voluntarily take cleanup steps is getting terrible reviews. In March …

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Fowling the Bay?: Media Reports Absolving Poultry Industry of Pollution are Premature

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Good news about the health of the Chesapeake Bay is rare, which might explain the media flurry surrounding new research that suggests pollution from poultry farms isn’t so bad after all. Representatives of the poultry industry hailed the research, implying that it proved that environmental regulations on farmers have been too stringent. But that conclusion …

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Will Maryland Give its Farmers a Pollution Pass?

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Maryland lawmakers are debating a bill that could amount to a pollution pass for farmers in the state. The “Agricultural Certainty” bill would excuse participating farmers from new state and local environmental regulations for ten years. In return, farmers would agree to meet existing pollution reduction goals set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and …

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