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Case Law

Some of these cases may be available at a law library or accessible online for those with LexisNexis, Westlaw, or other electronic database accounts.

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Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court:

  • Borough of Bedford v. Commonwealth972 A.2d 53 (Pa. Commw. Ct. Apr. 14, 2009). (denying Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) request for summary relief because it was too early in the litigation to decipher whether DEP’s “Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Implementation Plan for National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permitting” was policy or regulation; granting petitioners’ motion to add new petitioners).

Legislative Activity

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Proposed Federal Legislation (2011-2012 Session):

Unenacted Federal Legislative Proposals (2009-2010 Session):

  • House Bill 5509: Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act (focusing on providing incentives to farmers to implement pollution management practices). 
  • House Bill 3852Senate Bill 1816: Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act of 2009 (amending the Federal Water Pollution Control (Clean Water Act) to create legally enforceable pollution limitations from point and non-point sources and would increase grants and funding to assist in regulation).
  • House Bill 965Senate Bill 479: Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Continuing Authorization Act (addressing authorizations under the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998). 
  • House Bill 1053: Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2009 (requiring submission of financial reports and management plans to Congress detailing issues surrounding Chesapeake Bay restoration activities).   

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Some of these articles may be available at a law library or accessible online for those with LexisNexis, Westlaw, or other electronic database accounts. Some hyperlinks may only be available for those users with access to HeinOnline.

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This web site was made possible through support provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA through The National Sea Grant Law Center at The University of Mississippi under the terms of Grant No. NA09OAR4170200. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S Department of Commerce, NOAA or The University of Mississippi.

(Updated July 2012)


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