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Featured Stories: July 8, 2011
From the July 2011 edition of Bay Crossings America’s 33-year wait for the FDA to publish rules on sunscreen labeling ended in June—just in time for the apparent end of the rainy season. The new rules go into effect next year and will provide clear guidance for the most part on sunscreen...
Monthly Column: July 2, 2011
America’s 33-year wait for the FDA to publish rules on sunscreen labeling ended in June—just in time for the apparent end of the rainy season. The new rules go into effect next year and will provide clear guidance for the most part on sunscreen manufacturers’ claims about effectiveness. Until...
Blog Post: June 30, 2011
Baykeeper has secured stronger regulations on the Shell Oil marine terminal used for delivering oil to and from tanker ships. The terminal, located adjacent to the Shell Oil Refinery on the south side of the Carquinez Strait in Martinez, annually hosts 400 ships and processes 48 million barrels of...
Blog Post: June 29, 2011
Last week, the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) unanimously voted to renew the lease for Shell Oil's oil-receiving and exporting marine terminal, allowing the company to continue its operations there for the next 30 years. Concurrent with the lease renewal, the CSLC also certified the final...
Blog Post: June 28, 2011
Baykeeper recently voiced concerns to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board over new storm water and wastewater discharge regulations for the USS-POSCO Industries steel finishing plant in Pittsburg, California. Based on our comments, the Regional Board has elected to strengthen...
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: June 24, 2011
Senate bill 718, which exempts pesticide applications from Clean Water Act protections, was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee this week and now passes to consideration by the full Senate. Several Democratic Senators have already expressed opposition to the legislation, including...
Blog Post: June 17, 2011
Baykeeper is advocating for more rigorous regulation of the Chevron Richmond Refinery's wastewater and storm water pollution. Located on the Richmond shoreline, the Refinery has been in operation since 1902 and produces approximately 244,000 barrels of oil each day. It also produces about 6.6...
Blog Post: June 15, 2011
Baykeeper submitted comments to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) on June 13, 2011 regarding a proposed desalination plant in East Contra Costa County. This letter was submitted in response to a proposal being evaluated by SFPUC, which considers whether to provide an...

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