PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s office announced that the U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear an appeal of the American Farm Bureau vs. EPA case, which sought to end work to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
Herring filed an amicus brief in the case while it was being appealed in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, making Virginia the first state to defend the bay. That circuit court upheld the district court’s ruling that allowed the bay cleanup plan to continue.
“The bay is simply an unequaled economic and environmental asset and I couldn't stand by while out-of-state interests attacked the most promising plan for restoring this national treasure,” Herring said. “I'm glad we were able to help defend the important work Virginia is doing in conjunction with our fellow Bay states, and I look forward to continued good news about the progress of our efforts.”