September 16, 2015 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of an updated plan to address the significant and harmful nutrient pollution problem in Cape Cod bays. The planning process came about as a result of CLF’s lawsuit, filed in 2011 after thirty years of inaction by EPA. EPA has now approved an updated version of the 1978 Areawide Wastewater Management Plan that includes significant commitments from the Cape Cod Commission, local municipalities, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the EPA to reduce water pollution and clean up the existing waterbodies.
“Today the EPA has taken a long overdue step towards addressing the mounting nitrogen pollution problem on Cape Cod’s coasts,” said Bradley Campbell, President of Conservation Law Foundation. “As an economic engine, a hotspot for recreation and tourism, and a habitat for so many different species, these bays are a part of life for the people of Cape Cod and it’s crucial they be clean and safe. Still, while today’s approval sets the stage for measurable progress, CLF remains concerned that this plan does not go far enough in meeting the requirements of the Clean Water Act. We will remain vigilant in ensuring that all necessary elements are incorporated and fully implemented, and we will continue to press for enforceable action if this plan falls short.”
CLF experts are available for further comment.