EPA lawyers stay busy with Chesapeake Bay lawsuits

Pity the lawyers representing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, especially when it comes to the Chesapeake Bay.

A federal judge ruled last week that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a Maryland-based nonprofit, and others can argue on behalf of the EPA’s revamped bay restoration plan.

The plan is subject to a lawsuit filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of Home Builders, which both contend it is based on flawed science.

The foundation, whose lawsuit helped compel the EPA to move forward on the plan, said the lobbying groups want to derail the effort because they’re concerned about pollution reduction programs.

So, to recap: EPA lawyers were fighting the foundation under the Bush administration. Now they’re battling trade groups under President Barack Obama. And they’re one-time foe, the foundation, now wants to help them.

At least the EPA’s lawyers have job security.

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