Maryland officials criticize upstream states for bay debris

August 01, 2018 - 11:44 am

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and other state officials have accused upstream states of failing to take responsibility for pollution that is pouring into the Chesapeake Bay, after last week's record rainfall.

The Republican governor noted the trees, tires and other garbage now floating in the nation's largest estuary. He called the situation "an economic and ecological crisis."

Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, says, "We're literally drowning in Pennsylvania's trash."

Hogan says the upstream states of Pennsylvania and New York "need to step up and take responsibility for their sediment and their debris that is pouring into our bay."

Hogan chairs a panel of six states in the bay's watershed. He says he will raise the issue at a meeting next week.

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