Baykeeper Updates Related to Bay-Safe Industry

BK In The News: September 3, 2015
Oakland should reject a proposed waterfront coal export terminal because of the environmental and health impacts of shipping and burning coal. And the city has the legal authority to ban coal exports, according to Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, San Francisco Baykeeper, West Oakland Environmental...
Monthly Column: September 1, 2015
What would the San Francisco Bay be like if toxic coal dust blew into its waters every day? Would fish grow abnormally? Would shellfish be laced with arsenic? Would toxic pollutants in fish harm people who rely on the Bay as a food source?  We could soon find out, if the export of coal from a...
Blog Post: July 8, 2015
Central Concrete Supply, a concrete manufacturing plant in San Jose, recently agreed to keep contaminated rainwater from running off the facility and into storm drains that empty into San Francisco Bay or into Bay tributaries. Instead, the plant will re-use the water for its operations. Baykeeper...
BK In The News: June 22, 2015
Trains heaped with coal pass through Richmond every week on their way to the city’s port. In Parchester Village, a largely black and Latino neighborhood in northwestern Richmond, residents say coal dust blows off the open mounds, covering the grass and coating their screen doors. . . Three years...
Blog Post: June 4, 2015
In the 27th victory for Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, Marin Sanitary Service in San Rafael recently agreed to improve its site to protect San Francisco Bay from contaminated runoff. Baykeeper brought suit under the Clean Water Act based on the company’s reports of pollution in storm water...
Blog Post: May 21, 2015
The city council of Richmond this week passed a resolution opposing the transport of coal and petroleum coke (a toxic byproduct of oil refining) in open rail cars through the city. Shipping coal and pet coke in open cars can spread highly toxic dust into surrounding areas, contaminating...
Blog Post: April 23, 2015
McHugh Auto Wrecking in Concord recently agreed to make significant changes to its site in order to keep the auto dismantler’s toxic runoff from polluting San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper brought suit under the Clean Water Act based on McHugh Auto Wrecking’s self-reported sampling of storm water...
Blog Post: April 10, 2015
In the 25th victory for Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, Cole Brothers Auto Wrecking, an auto dismantling facility in Oakland, recently agreed to implement controls to protect San Francisco Bay from the company’s contaminated runoff.  Cole Brothers had been allowing rain to come into contact...
BK In The News: March 27, 2015
Nonprofits are using California's new stormwater requirements to sue plastic manufacturers for polluting waterways — and they’re winning. . . “With plastic facilities, controlling pollution should be pretty simple,” says George Torgun, lead attorney for San Francisco-based Baykeeper, a nonprofit...
Blog Post: February 9, 2015
Baykeeper reached an agreement with B2 Auto Dismantler, an autowrecking facility in San Jose, to clean up the company’s contaminated runoff to San Francisco Bay. B2 Auto Dismantler had been allowing rain to wash heavy metals off the site and into storm drains that lead to Guadalupe River and Coyote...

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