Baykeeper Updates Related to Toxic Pollutants

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...
Blog Post: December 17, 2010
The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported on EPA's announcement of a decrease in the amount of toxic chemicals released by heavy industry in the state of California. Read the article here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/16/BAKO1GROU1.DTL#ixzz18PAa87Rf. According to the...
Monthly Column: November 5, 2010
Of the 1024 bills that reached the Governor’s desk this year, 726 were signed into law.  Only a handful of these new laws are related to the environment, and except for one of these, all are procedural – that is, they set up new bureaucratic procedures, place caps on fines, require new...
BK In The News: September 16, 2010
There were new health concerns raised in the San Bruno fire zone as officials expressed concerns about the toxic health risk posed by the burned cars, homes and other items in the area.

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