Settlement Reached In Dispute Over Port of Stockton Development Plans

Measures Will Significantly Reduce Potential Environmental Impacts of Port Expansion While Providing Regional Economic Benefits
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Sejal Choksi, 925-330-7757 (cell)

Local residents and environmentalists have dismissed the last of their lawsuits against the Port of Stockton, ending the challenges against the port’s expansion onto the West Complex, which the Navy conveyed to the port in 2001. In return, the port agreed to take significant measures to further reduce potential environmental impacts caused by port-related operations and dredging, including minimizing pollution from dredge materials, monitoring levels of dissolved oxygen in

Environmental Groups Press EPA in Court for Federal Regulations on Ballast Water

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

Oral arguments were heard in the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in a case challenging US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations exempting the discharge of vessel ballast water containing invasive species from regulation under
the Clean Water Act. The case involved EPA’s appeal of an order by the federal District Court to adopt new regulations to restrict invasive species pollution from ballast water by September 2008. EPA appealed to the Ninth Circuit in hopes of reversing that decision.

Refineries Attempt to Avoid Study of Mercury

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Sejal Choksi, 925-330-7757 (cell)

During a hearing tomorrow afternoon, the State Water Resources Control Board will consider a plea from local oil refineries to avoid disclosing how much mercury they release into the environment. The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board issued the order for the study on May 2007, after years of advocacy efforts by Baykeeper to hold the refineries accountable. The oil refineries are now seeking a stay and rescission of that order.

Regional Water Board Sued Over Agricultural Pollution

Farmers Allowed to Continue to Pollute Despite Demise of Delta Populations
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Sejal Choksi, 925-330-7757 (cell)

(Stockton, CA) Today, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) and Baykeeper filed a lawsuit against the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) for renewing waivers that excuse polluted discharges from 25,000 farms from meeting statewide water quality objectives. The lawsuit alleges that the Regional Board’s adoption of the waivers violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), state and federal endangered species acts and Porter-Cologne, California’s water quality law.

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”
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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.”

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