September 9, 2010
Virginia has submitted to the federal government its draft plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay, estimating that agriculture alone could face costs totaling $800 million to comply.
In a cover letter dated September 3 to the Environmental Protection Agency, Virginia's secretary of natural resources repeats Gov. Bob McDonnell's concerns about the costs, science and timing of meeting EPA demands to restore the bay and its watershed.
Secretary Douglas W. Domenech stresses that the plan is being developed during what he called the worst economy in a generation.
Environmentalists who reviewed the plan are calling it a "status quo" approach and lacking in detail.
The EPA confirmed receipt of the plan but deferred comment.