Baykeeper Press Releases

(Nov 5, 2007) On October 31 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a report criticizing California’s water pollution permits. EPA agreed to perform an audit of randomly selected permits as a condition of a settlement reached in a lawsuit brought by San Francisco Baykeeper, Humboldt Baykeeper Communities for a Better Environment and Ecological Rights Foundation in 2006. San Francisco...
(Oct 26, 2007) Who: Saul Bloom, Arc EcologySejal Choksi, BaykeeperMichael Wall, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) What: Press conference to announce lawsuit against the U.S. Maritime Administration When: Monday, October 29, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., PDT Where: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)111 Sutter Street, 20th FloorSan Francisco, CA 94104 (Corner of Sutter & Montgomery...
(Oct 22, 2007) As part of its campaign to keep raw sewage out of San Francisco Bay, Baykeeper gave notice today of its intent to sue the City of Burlingame and its wastewater treatment plant for illegal sewage spills and overflows to the Bay. Burlingame’s crumbling sewer system is more than 80 years old and frequently overflows untreated sewage into homes and neighborhood streets. Additionally,...
Measures Will Significantly Reduce Potential Environmental Impacts of Port Expansion While Providing Regional Economic Benefits
(Aug 29, 2007) Local residents and environmentalists have dismissed the last of their lawsuits against the Port of Stockton, ending the challenges against the port’s expansion onto the West Complex, which the Navy conveyed to the port in 2001. In return, the port agreed to take significant measures to further reduce potential environmental impacts caused by port-related operations and dredging,...
(Aug 14, 2007) Oral arguments were heard in the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in a case challenging US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations exempting the discharge of vessel ballast water containing invasive species from regulation underthe Clean Water Act. The case involved EPA’s appeal of an order by the federal District Court to adopt new regulations to restrict invasive...
(Jul 30, 2007) During a hearing tomorrow afternoon, the State Water Resources Control Board will consider a plea from local oil refineries to avoid disclosing how much mercury they release into the environment. The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board issued the order for the study on May 2007, after years of advocacy efforts by Baykeeper to hold the refineries accountable. The...
(Jul 17, 2007) The State Water Resources Control Board yesterday unanimously approved a strong framework to clean up mercury in the San Francisco Bay. The Bay has become so highly contaminated with mercury that the State was required to create the clean up plan under an emergency provision of the federal Clean Water Act. “Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that accumulates in the muscle tissue of...
Farmers Allowed to Continue to Pollute Despite Demise of Delta Populations
(Jun 18, 2007) (Stockton, CA) Today, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) and Baykeeper filed a lawsuit against the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) for renewing waivers that excuse polluted discharges from 25,000 farms from meeting statewide water quality objectives. The lawsuit alleges that the Regional Board’s adoption of the waivers...
Agency Requires Local Oil Refineries to Produce Data
(Apr 10, 2007) During a public hearing this morning, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board will be taking the unprecedented step of requiring local oil refineries to calculate the amount of mercury contained in crude oil. This significant step will go a long way towards protecting the public and making San Francisco Bay’s fish safer to eat. New information suggests that the...
Key Documents Withheld by the Port Must Be Considered by the Trial Court
(Dec 13, 2006) An attempt by the Port of Stockton to hide, from both the public and the courts, critical documents about the extensive environmental impacts of the Port’s massive expansion project got a stern rebuke from the California Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit yesterday. In an unanimous order, the court sided with the plaintiffs, including the Deltakeeper Chapter of Baykeeper ,...

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