South San Francisco Waste and Recycling Facility Will Protect the Bay from Toxic Runoff

In the 30th victory for Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, the operators of a waste disposal and recycling facility on the San Francisco Bay shoreline recently agreed to keep polluted storm water out of the Bay.

Blue Line Transfer, Inc. and South San Francisco Scavenger Company, Inc. will make changes at the Blue Line Transfer facility in South San Francisco to protect the Bay from contamination. The cleanup agreement came in response to Baykeeper’s enforcement action under the federal Clean Water Act.

Paris Climate Agreement a Step Forward—Now Local Action is Needed

The United Nations Climate Conference, or COP21, recently concluded with the adoption of an ambitious global agreement on climate change.

Baykeeper was represented at the climate talks by Advisory Board Members Marc and Sheila Andrus; Sara Aminzadeh, director of our statewide coalition, California Coastkeeper Alliance; and fellow Waterkeepers from The Bahamas to China. Through our representatives, we joined the chorus of voices in Paris demanding climate action that led to this critical agreement.

Regional Water Board Weakens Rules to Limit Trash Washing into the Bay

It’s going to be harder to stop trash pollution—a major source of contamination in San Francisco Bay—under new rules recently adopted by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board. The Board weakened requirements on Bay Area city governments to keep trash from washing into local creeks and the Bay.

New Action in Baykeeper’s Advocacy Against Coal Export from Oakland

In October, Baykeeper filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the export of coal from a new shipping terminal proposed for Oakland. Baykeeper and our partners recently dismissed the suit, after Oakland city leaders announced they would decide the fate of the proposed coal export project after an ongoing review process. Coal export would involve coal shipment by rail along the Bay shoreline.

Court Rules Against Excessive Sand Mining in Bay

State Agencies Cannot Allow Excessive Sand Mining If It Harms San Francisco Bay and Ocean Beach
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Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Baykeeper Executive Director, 510-735-9700 x 107(office), 925-330-7757 (mobile), sejal@baykeeper.org; George Torgun, Managing Attorney, Baykeeper, 510-735-9700 x 105, george@baykeeper.org

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(San Francisco, CA) State agencies and private companies no longer have a green light to extract excessive amounts of sand from the floor of San Francisco Bay—which harms access, enjoyment, and use of public resources—the California Court of Appeal ruled today.

“This ruling could help keep sand in San Francisco Bay to prevent erosion of Ocean Beach, and safeguard important species in the Bay,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Baykeeper Executive Director. “It will also help better protect resources nationwide.”

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Proposed Vallejo Export Terminal and Cement Plant Could Harm the Bay

A bulk shipping port and cement plant proposed along the shores of Mare Island Strait in Vallejo could contaminate San Francisco Bay and nearby communities, Baykeeper recently told Vallejo city leaders. Baykeeper is particularly concerned that the terminal would be used to ship dirty fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum coke, a toxic byproduct of oil refining. It’s likely that toxic dust would be blown and washed into the Bay.

The project would also fill several acres of Bay wetlands, reduce public access to the shoreline, and disrupt the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Advocating Against Crude Oil Shipped in Tank Cars Near the Bay’s Shore

Baykeeper recently urged Benicia city leaders to block Valero Energy Corporation’s plan to enlarge the train yard at its Benicia refinery. If Valero gets its way, two 50-car trains per day would carry dirty and explosive crude oil on tracks 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.

Yet the project planners greatly underestimate the risk of fires, explosions, and oil spills as a result in the increase in shipping crude oil to the facility by rail.

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