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High Court Rejects Challenge to Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from farm groups challenging a federal plan that limits pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's restrictions on farm and construction runoff and wastewater treatment.

The EPA says animal waste and fertilizer that flows from streams into the Chesapeake is the single largest source of bay pollution.          

Six states agreed to the pollution limits: Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, along with Washington, D.C.          

The American Farm Bureau Federation and others fought the restrictions. They argued that the EPA was usurping state authority to regulate waterways.           

The case is American Farm Bureau v. Environmental Protection Agency, 15-599.

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