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

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

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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