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Lawmakers urge court to block Chesapeake cleanup

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 39 lawmakers is urging a federal court to block the Obama administration's plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed, describing it as an unjustified power grab.

The filing last week in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia puts the lawmakers alongside 21 attorneys general who already oppose the cleanup. It's a case testing the Environmental Protection Agency's authority under the Clean Water Act.

The filing comes after the court's deadline for submitting legal papers in the case. But the lawmakers argue they have a special interest in weighing in, saying the EPA went too far in negotiating a 2010 agreement that sets pollution limits in the nation's largest estuary.

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