The Washington Post
June 19, 1998

Brook Masters, a reporter assigned to the Post's Metropolitan desk, wondered whether the federal government had developed a consistent plan for enforcing the environmental laws for the Chesapeake Bay, a fragile inland sea threatened on all sides by rapid development. There was good anecdotal evidence -- at least at the state level -- that the politicians of Virginia were a lot less worried about the state of the bay than their colleagues in Maryland. But was there authoritative data that would show whether the political mindset of Virginia had in fact influenced the enforcement of environmental laws in regard to the Chesapeake? On June 19, 1998, the Post published an investigative article by Masters showing that while the federal prosecution of environmental criminals had tripled in Maryland from 1992 to 1996, the number of such cases in Virginia had declined by more than 60 percent.

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