Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for September 2014

San Francisco Baykeeper E-News
Monthly Update for September 2014
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Pitch In at Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday

Help keep trash out of San Francisco Bay! Join Baykeeper on California Coastal Cleanup Day, this Saturday, September 20, 9AM-noon, at San Francisco's India Basin Shoreline Park.

Please come out to join us for a family-friendly event and help clean up this neighborhood shoreline park. If you can, bring your own gloves and a bucket or other trash container.

India Basin Shoreline Park is located at Hawes St. and Hunters Point Blvd in San Francisco. Register in advance or just meet us at the park at 9AM on Saturday!

Registration is collected through the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Learn more about the cleanup and register to volunteer.

Standing Up Against Crude Oil Shipped in Tank Cars Along the Bay Shore

Thanks to more than 150 Baykeeper supporters who took action to protect San Francisco Bay from oil spills!

Baykeeper's Action Alert targeted the Valero Energy Corporation's plan to enlarge the rail yard at its Benicia oil refinery. Valero wants to ship in more crude oil by tank car.

If Valero gets its way, long trains filled with explosion-prone crude oil will run beside Suisun Bay, a San Francisco Bay inlet and important wildlife habitat area. Oil spilled along Suisun Bay's shore could quickly spread throughout San Francisco Bay.

In opposition to the unwise plan, Baykeeper submitted expert comments and more than 150 Baykeeper supporters sent emails to Benicia city government leaders. We urged Benicia to reject the Environmental Impact Report for the Valero rail yard expansion, and say NO to expansion of the Valero refinery rail yard.

Read more about Baykeeper's action to protect the Bay from crude oil spills.

New Bay-Safe Industry Victory to Keep Toxics Out of the Bay

In the 21st victory for Baykeeper's Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, Pacific Rim Recycling in Benicia recently agreed to install controls to keep the recycling facility's toxic runoff from polluting San Francisco Bay.

Pacific Rim collects and processes recyclable materials from households, businesses, and government agencies, including paper, metal, and electronic waste. Materials are stored outdoors, and when rain falls on the materials, it picks up harmful pollutants before running off the site and into Carquinez Strait, which flows to the Bay.

The company worked cooperatively with Baykeeper on the necessary improvements for the facility, and has signed a legally-binding agreement to implement controls that include collecting storm water and treating it onsite.

Learn more about runoff pollution cleanup at Pacific Rim.

25th Anniversary Flash from the Past: Dow Chemical Required to Clean Up Its Contamination of the Bay

In 2002, after a five-year court fight, Baykeeper compelled Dow Chemical's Pittsburg plant to keep toxic chemicals from contaminating Suisun Bay, an inlet of San Francisco Bay.

The chemicals, which cause cancer and reproductive harm, had also reached groundwater four miles upstream from a Contra Costa Water District drinking water intake.

Dow signed a legally-binding agreement requiring the company to meet yearly targets for cleanup of the pollution. The company also paid a $3 million penalty that was used to restore Bay wetlands and improve the Bay's water quality.

Learn more about Baykeeper's 2002 victory compelling Dow Chemical to clean up its toxic contamination of the Bay.

Thanks, Whole Foods Franklin, Wine & Spirits Magazine, and Trainer Communications!

Three great companies are holding benefits for Baykeeper this month and next.

Whole Foods Market on Franklin Street in San Francisco is making Baykeeper a Nickels for Non-Profits recipient. Customers who bring in reusable bags can donate their refunds to Baykeeper, and support a healthy San Francisco Bay.

The Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting is a benefit for Baykeeper. The October 21 event will offer wines from the year's top 100 wineries, along with delicious bites from new and notable restaurants and an array of gourmet specialties—all for the cause of protecting San Francisco Bay.

Trainer Communications is supporting Baykeeper with the annual Media SharkTank event. On October 22, Trainer Communications—a public relations, marketing, and social media agency—brings CEOs and executive spokespersons together to pitch their company's story to a panel of journalists. The media "sharks" give the CEOs and executives valuable feedback. The proceeds help keep San Francisco Bay healthy for fish, seals, and real live sharks.

(Photo at top by Roberto Soncin Gerometta)