While the storm-water rules would apply nationwide to new development, Jackson said the agency would consider writing more stringent requirements for the six-state bay watershed because storm water is a significant and growing source of pollution fouling the estuary. EPA will weigh imposing new mandates to reduce storm water in existing communities and on redevelopment projects as well as new construction, Jackson said.

From a short Sun update on big intervention coming from the federal government, in response to appeals for action in defense of the beleaguered Chesapeake Bay. Stricter runoff rules are a key component of the measures — to the dismay of (among others) a lot of builders and developers.

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