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U.S. Geological Survey
New Bay cleanup pact stirs debate
New Bay cleanup pact stirs debate

Legislators from Maryland and Pennsylvania sparred at a hearing in Annapolis Monday over whether their states are doing too much or too little to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution. In a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing called to review the new bay restoration agreement, Maryland state Sen. Steve Hershey complained about the "astronomical cost" of cleaning up the ailing estuary, calling it an "unfunded mandate" from the federal government. Maryland's share has been estimated at nearly $15 billion through 2025, he noted. Hershey, who represents the upper Eastern Shore, contended that O'Malley administration bay initiatives have stunted development in rural...