George Sheldon criticizes Pam Bondi for state joining Chesapeake Bay lawsuit

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George Sheldon doesn’t like that Florida is meddling in Chesapeake Bay waters.

The Democratic Attorney General candidate blasted Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Friday for “undermining enforcement of clean-water standards” when Florida joined the lawsuit against a plan to reduce pollution flowing into Chesapeake Bay.

Yes, that Chesapeake Bay. In Maryland.

Bondi recently filed a brief  joining 21 state attorneys general arguing the legality of the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint. The lawsuit claims federal overreach in imposing unnecessary regulations in the area. 

The Blueprint is an attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency to apply Clean Water Act provisions by issuing limits for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

Six Bay states and the District of Columbia released their plans to meet those limits by 2025.

The Blueprint is considered by environmentalists to be the “best, last chance for real restoration” of Chesapeake Bay. A federal judge upheld the effort, but the decision is under appeal.

Bondi’s brief says the EPA overreached when it established the pollution standards, which Sheldon claims “supports efforts of industrial polluters to derail the clean-up plan.”

Sheldon, in a commentary posted on his campaign website, says Bondi’s intervention “is bad for Chesapeake Bay” and its effects will be disastrous for Florida.

“Pam Bondi has put the interest of polluters ahead of the interest of Florida and its citizens,” Sheldon adds. “In doing so, she has failed the most important test of an elected official.”

If elected, Sheldon vows to withdraw Florida from the case.

His entire commentary is available online.

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