This week, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) joined a coalition of organizations in filing a notice to appeal U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia Rambo’s ruling regarding implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment.
If the ruling made on September 13 is upheld, EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act will expand, giving it broader leeway to dictate land use and development decisions in the Chesapeake Bay and other watersheds nationwide. The coalition is seeking an appeal in order to preserve states’ ability to set land use policy and to determine how water quality goals are achieved.
“A clean, healthy Chesapeake Bay is a goal that we share with the rest of the agriculture community,” said TFI President Chris Jahn. “Through the use of 4R nutrient stewardship, using the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place, we continue to work with farmers throughout the United States and the Bay to help them achieve cropping system goals and protect water quality.”
TFI joins the American Farm Bureau Federation, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, National Pork Producers Council, National Corn Growers Association, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the National Association of Home Builders in filing the appeal.