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Report Finds Bay Restoration Progress, Concerns

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WASHINGTON (AP/WBOC)- A new report by the Environmental Integrity Project is calling for tougher state permitting and oversight to achieve Chesapeake Bay restoration goals.

The environmental group released the report on Thursday, saying impressive gains have been made in reducing nitrogen pollution in the bay. However, further reductions will require tougher permitting and oversight. The group found nitrogen discharges from industrial and municipal sewage treatment plants studied declined significantly in Maryland and Virginia in 2011. Pennsylvania increased 4 percent.

However, the report says 12 percent of the largest plants studied violated nitrogen permit limits for at least a quarter in 2011.

Across the watershed, the report said the following eight significant municipal and industrial point sources increased their nitrogen loadings from 2010 to 2011 by 50,000 pounds or more, though some of these facilities will undergo upgrades to meet Chesapeake Bay goals:

1. Honeywell International, Inc.: 243,049 pounds.
2. Cargill Meat Solutions Corp.: 127,870 pounds.
3. Harrisburg Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility: 125,880 pounds.
4. Lancaster City Wastewater Treatment Plant: 121,148 pounds.
5. Shamokin Coal Township Joint Sewer Authority: 93,555 pounds.
6. Milton Regional Sewer Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant: 85,583 pounds.
7. Scranton Sewer Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant: 55,078 pounds.
8. Dover Township Wastewater Treatment Plant: 50,172 pounds. 

Nitrogen is a key bay pollutant. Sources include sewage, fertilizer and automobile and power plant emissions. In the bay, it can spur oxygen-robbing algae blooms.

To read the full report, click here.

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