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Many Factors Come Into Play Assessing Ethanol's Impact on Bay

There are various reports being prepared right now examining the impact that a large-scale adoption of biofuels technologies would have on the Chesapeake restoration effort.

Some of the early press coverage on those reports have taken a simplified view and painted the impacts as only negative.

A few articles in the media have pointed to increased nutrient and sediment loads and have concluded that more reliance on biomass energy and biofuels production is not a strategy compatible with the Bay watershed's cleanup.

In addition, some readers may have come away with the impression that state and federal environmental officials, as well as the environmental community, have a real dilemma on their hands. The story line goes that environmentalists cannot on the one hand promote biofuels, while on the other hand hope to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

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