RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Virginia’s second phase of a plan to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay has been submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office said the so-called watershed implementation plan was delivered to the EPA on Friday. Officials say it builds on the first plan submitted to the federal government in 2010.

Virginia shares a big piece of the plan to help clean up the bay. The plan includes a “pollution diet” that reduces levels of nitrogen, sediment and phosphorus into the bay’s waters.

Led by the EPA, six states and the District of Columbia each are developing their own plans to achieve those reductions.

The EPA said Friday the cleanup is ahead of schedule for two of three key pollutants, while funding is holding up some progress.

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