Baykeeper Updates Related to Toxic Pollutants

Blog Post: June 19, 2012
Soon, state regulations requiring furniture and other consumer products in California to be doused with toxic flame retardants will be revised, with input from environmental and human health advocates. Governor Jerry Brown ordered the revision on June 18. Governor Brown’s action comes a week after...
Blog Post: June 12, 2012
Furniture and other consumer products in California are being doused in toxic flame retardant chemicals—but it’s not providing real protection from deadly fires. Instead California residents are absorbing these cancer-causing chemicals into our bodies, while huge quantities are washed into...
Blog Post: March 1, 2012
A Cupertino limestone quarry’s plan for how they would end mining operations could pollute San Francisco Bay with mercury and other metals, Baykeeper recently warned Santa Clara County planners. Lehigh Southwest Cement Company is required by law to have a plan for eventually filling its quarry and...
Blog Post: October 5, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill which will ban the harmful chemical bisphenol A from plastic baby bottles and cups. The chemical, known commonly as BPA, leaches into food and liquids from plastic containers and can be harmful to children's development. BPA has been also been linked to reproductive...
Blog Post: June 27, 2011
The State Water Resources Control Board has approved new management measures aimed at reducing methylmercury pollution in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary and the Yolo Bypass, with the ultimate goal of making fish caught in the Delta safe to eat. This Total Maximum Daily Load (or TMDL) has...
Blog Post: June 24, 2011
The San José City Council recently declared that a full environmental impact report (EIR) is not required for a new energy production facility to be built on top of a closed landfill on the shore of San Francisco Bay. The project could have serious negative impacts on the health of the Bay, and...
Blog Post: May 6, 2011
Lehigh Southwest Cement Company’s Permanente Plant has spewed toxic mercury into the air since 1939. The Plant, which is located in Cupertino, emits approximately 435 pounds of mercury from its smokestacks each year, making it the largest source of mercury pollution in the Bay Area. The Lehigh...
Blog Post: April 26, 2011
We recently developed a few maps highlighting local sources of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These maps indicate that although these pollutants are generally thought to be a thing of the past the Bay Area continues to discharge them in considerable quantities into San Francisco Bay...
Blog Post: March 23, 2011
Baykeeper is advocating for improvements to the State Water Board's revisions to their Sediment Quality Objectives, guidelines which are intended to result in the identification and cleanup of toxic hot spots throughout California's bays and estuaries – the largest of which is San Francisco Bay....
Blog Post: February 4, 2011
This week Baykeeper advocated for the Regional Water Board to strengthen the cleanup plan for PCBs in the Bay by reining in contaminated discharges from municipal and industrial waste water. The Regional Board’s existing proposal maintains inadequate standards for limiting PCBs, and it's based on...

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