Baykeeper Updates Related to Toxic Pollutants

Blog Post: August 13, 2019
In a surprising move, the oil industry recently muscled its way into the battle over toxic coal exports around San Francisco Bay. Richmond city leaders have been considering an ordinance that would prohibit companies from storing coal along train tracks in neighborhoods and commercial areas....
Featured Stories: July 3, 2019
Fireworks can cause significant pollution. They are often set off over water, because setting them off over land creates a risk of fire. (Some communities ban them over lakes used as drinking water sources because of pollution concerns.) After two Super Bowl fireworks shows over San Francisco Bay...
BK In The News: May 3, 2019
For the third time in the last five years, Phillips 66 plans to pay to settle accusations that its Rodeo refinery released chlorine into San Pablo Bay... "These chlorine discharges are very serious for fish and other aquatic life in the area," said Erica Maharg, managing attorney at San Francisco...
BK In The News: March 20, 2019
After withdrawal of a 2018 proposal to regulate the dirty fuel, city councilmember proposes an eventual export ban... And the nonprofit Baykeeper sent speakers to the Richmond City Council and signed letters supporting the move to ban coal and petcoke. In settlement of a Baykeeper lawsuit, the...
BK In The News: January 6, 2019
As we have unequivocally stated for more than three years, the Orcem/VMT project will have severe negative impacts on the local environment... The Sierra Club, along with our allies San Francisco Baykeeper, first commented on the possibility of coal shipments during the original circulation of the...
BK In The News: December 13, 2018
Pharmaceuticals are pouring into the Bay, even if we never flush pills. Compounds in painkillers and other common oral drugs are still excreted from our bodies, routed through wastewater treatment plants that can’t remove them completely, then discharged to the Bay where they may harm marine life...
BK In The News: December 11, 2018
The Trump administration laid out plans Tuesday to roll back Obama-era rules protecting isolated streams and wetlands from industrial pollution... “This rolls back significantly regulations protecting wetlands, intermittent streams and headwaters, where streams start,” said Erica Maharg, the...
BK In The News: December 3, 2018
For decades, residents of the Bay Area who live near industrial areas and transportation corridors have battled particulate matter, the microscopic grains of dust and soot that can lodge deep in the body and trigger asthma and other ailments... In 2014 the environmental advocacy nonprofit San...
BK In The News: November 20, 2018
Word of rain returning to the Bay Area brings much-needed relief from the smoke that has lingered now for a couple of weeks...  "The drinking water systems do filter out these types of pollutants and toxins," San Francisco Baykeeper Executive Director Sejal Choksi-Chugh said.  The San Francisco...
Blog Post: October 17, 2018
People who eat fish caught in San Francisco Bay are exposed to toxic substances because polluters regularly contaminate the Bay with dangerous substances like mercury, dioxins, and PCBs.  The Bay Area is home to native tribes whose members follow traditional fishing practices and people who...

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