EPA details Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency outlined its plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay.

The agency established a "pollution diet" to restore clean water in Chesapeake Bay and the region's streams, creeks and rivers. The pollution diet is driven primarily by jurisdictions' plans to put all needed pollution controls in place by 2025. The EPA will hold jurisdictions accountable for results along the way.

The pollution diet, formally known as the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, identifies the necessary reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The pollution diet calls for a 25 percent reduction in nitrogen, a 24 percent reduction in phosphorus and a 20 percent reduction in sediment.

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