Major Electronics Recycler Agrees to Clean Up Pollution
One of the largest processors of precious-metal-bearing electronic scrap in the western US will stop its illegal runoff pollution of San Francisco Bay, in a new win for Baykeeper's Bay-Safe Industry Campaign.
Xstrata Recycling in San Jose agreed to install pollution controls after Baykeeper notified the electronics recycler last year that it was polluting the Bay with heavy metals. Xstrata processes cell phones, circuit boards, and other electronic equipment to recover metals for re-use.
To protect the Bay from toxic runoff pollution, Xstrata will take measures that include installing filters in storm drains, resurfacing pavement, and sweeping the site more frequently.
Progress to Curb Pollution from Oakland Auto Shredder
As a result of Baykeeper's advocacy, a metal and vehicle recycler on the Oakland Estuary, Schnitzer Steel, must do more to keep airborne dust containing toxic waste from blowing and washing into San Francisco Bay.
In December, Baykeeper urged the Regional Water Board to require Schnitzer to control contaminated residue that blows into the Bay—not just the residue that blows onto nearby properties. As a result, the Board revised its requirements.
Schnitzer's response, however, has been inadequate. Baykeeper is now urging the Board to require that Schnitzer conduct a site assessment and test for the full range of contaminants we believe are entering the Bay from this site.
Since an oil tanker hit the Bay Bridge on January 7, Baykeeper has been investigating how to prevent future accidents that risk spilling oil into San Francisco Bay.
Baykeeper Executive Director Deb Self has met with federal and state officials, bar pilots, ship captains, regulators, and shipping industry representatives to determine what changes need to be made. Our top concern is whether new rules are needed to keep large ships from going north under the Bay Bridge when fog obscures visibility.
Deb serves on the San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee, a state government agency charged with protecting the Bay from oil spills, which this week is expected to review rules governing where ships can navigate when it's foggy on the Bay. We'll keep you updated on Baykeeper's continuing work to improve policies that can prevent oil spills in the Bay.
Take Action to Stop Genetically Engineered Salmon
Help prevent the threat of genetically engineered salmon in the wild! Tell the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not to approve the sale of genetically engineered salmon, which poses a threat to both wild salmon and humans.
Use the message below and add your own comments if you wish. Submit it before February 25 to the FDA comments website:
"Genetically engineered salmon threaten the marine environment, consumer health, and the integrity of our food supply. The National Academy of Sciences estimates that if just 60 genetically engineered salmon escape from fish farms into the ocean, genetic pollution will cause wild salmon to become extinct. And no research shows that eating genetically engineered salmon is safe for human health. I urge you not to approve genetically engineered salmon."
San Francisco Bay Gets International Treaty Protection
The US government has designated San Francisco Bay and Estuary as a Wetland of International Importance under an international treaty called the Ramsar Convention.
The designation can help raise awareness about the critical ecological services provided by the Bay's wetlands and help advocates succeed in winning additional protections for the Bay.
The Ramsar treaty commits 164 member countries to plan for the sustainable use of all of the wetlands in their territories. Protection under the treaty emphasizes the importance of the Bay not just for our local environment, but as a waterway that's critical for the healthy functioning of our planet.
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