Baykeeper Updates Related to Bay-Safe Industry

Press Release: January 8, 2021
Hazardous pollution from these facilities contaminates communities around California    OAKLAND (Jan. 8, 2021) – Environmental justice and conservation groups filed an amicus brief today, calling on the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) to regulate metal shredding facilities ...
Blog Post: November 16, 2020
All around the Bay Area, hundreds of industrial facilities allow their polluted runoff to seep into the watershed—a slow drip of toxic waste that turns into a deluge every time it rains. At Baykeeper, we’re working to put a stop to this widespread source of pollution. Our scientists and lawyers...
Blog Post: October 13, 2020
The Bay is literally surrounded by polluters of all shapes and sizes. Approximately 1,600 industrial facilities line the Bay and its tributaries. In the absence of pollution controls, these companies dump contaminants into storm drains, creeks, streets, and San Francisco Bay. So every year, our...
Blog Post: August 13, 2020
Last summer, when Baykeeper scientists reviewed pollution data from across the Bay Area, one facility stood out. Lab results from PJ’s Rebar revealed that its Fremont facility had been releasing stormwater runoff contaminated with heavy metals, nitrogen, and other pollutants. This toxic runoff then...
Blog Post: December 9, 2019
More than 1,600 industrial facilities around the Bay use and store heavy metals, synthetic chemicals, fuels, and hazardous waste in outdoor areas. With each passing day, these toxic materials accumulate on surfaces and structures around the sites. When the first big storms of the rainy season hit,...
Blog Post: August 26, 2019
Can heavy industry coexist with a healthy San Francisco Bay? Yes, but only if companies use exceptional pollution controls. When Baykeeper first investigated U.S. Pipe and Foundry, a steel pipe manufacturer in Union City, we found that polluted water was running off its 70-acre facility with few...
Blog Post: July 30, 2019
Baykeeper requires polluters to stop contaminating San Francisco Bay… but what happens when they don’t? We make them keep trying. The companies install additional pollution controls, and they keep taking water samples to monitor the controls' effectiveness, until the illegal contamination is...
Blog Post: June 28, 2019
More than 1,600 industrial facilities operate in the San Francisco Bay watershed. Many handle toxic materials like heavy metals and industrial chemicals. If they don’t take steps to contain waste and runoff, these facilities release harmful pollution into the Bay.  Baykeeper keeps a close...
Featured Stories: June 28, 2019
Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry Campaign is making rapid progress. We launched the campaign in 2012, and have so far secured legally-binding agreements requiring 48 industrial facilities to implement controls to keep toxic pollution from contaminating San Francisco Bay. These victories include...
Monthly Column: March 5, 2019
One day in 2011, Baykeeper staff was on a regular patrol of San Francisco Bay in our boat—when we came across something awful. A shipping terminal on the Richmond shoreline had placed huge, looming piles of dark black material at the edge of the water. Wind was blowing black dust from the piles...

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