Refineries May be a Major Source of Mercury Pollution

Agency Requires Local Oil Refineries to Produce Data
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Sejal Choksi, 925-330-7757 (cell)

During a public hearing this morning, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board will be taking the unprecedented step of requiring local oil refineries to calculate the amount of mercury contained in crude oil. This significant step will go a long way towards protecting the public and making San Francisco Bay’s fish safer to eat. New information suggests that the Bay Area’s five local refineries could be depositing as much as 1,700 kg (more than 3700 pounds) of mercury into the Bay Area’s environment every year.

CA Court of Appeal Reverses Decision on Port of Stockton, Orders Retrial

Key Documents Withheld by the Port Must Be Considered by the Trial Court
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Deb Self, San Francisco Baykeeper, 415-856-0444 x108, cell: 510-882-1882

An attempt by the Port of Stockton to hide, from both the public and the courts, critical documents about the extensive environmental impacts of the Port’s massive expansion project got a stern rebuke from the California Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit yesterday.

Environmental Groups Sue US EPA for Deregulating Pesticide Spraying

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Deb Self, San Francisco Baykeeper, 415-856-0444 x108, cell: 510-882-1882

Today, environmental groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a decision that spraying of pesticides into the nation’s waters should no longer be regulated by the Clean Water Act. Baykeeper, along with five other groups, filed suit in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to overturn the new rule, which re-defines the word “pollutant” to exclude pesticides.

City of Richmond Pledges to Clean Up its Sewage System

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Deb Self, San Francisco Baykeeper, 415-856-0444 x108, cell: 510-882-1882

In a huge victory for both Richmond residents and the San Francisco Bay, the City of Richmond announced today bold measures to clean up its outdated sewage system. The effort is the result of months of negotiations brought on after Baykeeper and Richmond-based West County Toxics Coalition sued the City for spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage every year.

Judge Orders Army Corps, Port of Stockton to Stop Illegal Dredging

U.S. District Court Says Dredging Order Was “Arbitrary and Capricious”
Contact 
Leo P. O’Brien, Baykeeper, 415/856-0444 ext. 102 (office)

In a blistering decision issued late yesterday, the U.S. District Court in Sacramento ordered the halting of all dredging at the Port of Stockton, and characterized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to issue the dredging permit as “arbitrary and capricious.”

Federal Court Orders U.S. EPA to Regulate Ships Dumping Ballast Water

Contact 
Leo P. O’Brien, Baykeeper, 415/856-0444 ext. 102 (office)

Finding that EPA’s regulation exempting ballast water discharges from the Clean Water Act is “plainly contrary to the congressional intent,” a federal court ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday to come up with new regulations within the next two years. The order follows the court’s finding last year that EPA had illegally exempted ships’ ballast water discharges from Clean Water Act permit requirements.

Baykeeper sues Richmond for Spilling Hundreds of Thousands of Gallons of Raw Sewage into the San Francisco Bay

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Sejal Choksi, 925-330-7757 (cell)

Baykeeper made good on its promise to sue the City of Richmond if officials failed to address problems causing massive sewage spills. After five months of negotiations, Baykeeper and co-plaintiff West County Toxics Coalition (WCTC) served a lawsuit today against the City of Richmond under the Clean Water Act for sewage spills from the City’s crumbling sewer collection and treatment systems. City partners Veolia Water North America Operating Services, West County Wastewater District, and the West County Agency were named in the lawsuit as well.

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