December 10, 2012

Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun: Nutrient Trading a Dirty Deal for the Bay

Center for a Livable Future

Center for a Livable Future

On Sunday, the Baltimore Sun ran an opinion piece co-authored by CLF director Robert Lawrence, in which he criticizes the nutrient trading, or pollution trading, scheme proposed by the EPA for Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

In the essay, Dr. Lawrence explains that nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus are major culprits in the pollution that creates dead zones, algal blooms, and higher levels of bacteria that are harmful to people, and that elevated nutrient levels can also lead to the proliferation of harmful algae and pathogenic microorganisms like Vibrio bacteria, cryptosporidium and giardia. “Nutrients and other agricultural pollutants pose a serious public health problem,” writes Lawrence. “A nutrient trading (or pollution trading) scheme is not an effective response. Policymakers should instead focus their energy on better enforcement of existing regulations that address the discharge of waste into our bay.”

To read the op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, click here.

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