Baykeeper Updates Related to Toxic Pollutants

Blog Post: April 14, 2021
What do you think would happen if you took a giant chainsaw to an SUV? If you imagined metal shards and particles of plastic and foam flying in every direction, you wouldn’t be far off! The high-impact process of industrial metal shredding generates a by-product known as “auto fluff.” But there is...
BK In The News: April 5, 2021
Last August, shortly after the A’s filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court against the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), A’s president Dave Kaval sent out a series of tweets. The lawsuit alleged that DTSC had failed to implement the state’s Hazardous Waste Law...
BK In The News: February 23, 2021
State environmental regulators surprised an Oakland metal recycling facility on Tuesday with a 97-page "Enforcement Order for Corrective Action," directing its owner to prepare a plan to clean up hazardous waste produced in its operations... Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director of Baykeeper, an...
BK In The News: October 31, 2020
Napa Sanitation District is marking a county-transfiguring anniversary—it formed 75 years ago to turn the Napa River from an “open cesspool” with raw sewage into a water recreation draw... “It’s unacceptable to trade clean water for better smelling air,” said Jonathan Kaplan of San Francisco...
BK In The News: October 23, 2020
Business, science and politics collide on contaminated sites... Another site Baykeeper told me it keeping an eye on is Selby Slag, a 66-acre state superfund site near Crockett that the nonprofit says is so polluted that ...
Featured Stories: October 16, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020   US Coast Guard Legal Settlement with Baykeeper Finalized Today   Local Legal Action Yields Nationwide Water Protections     Oakland, CA — Baykeeper and the US Coast Guard reached an agreement today that requires the federal agency to make significant changes to reduce...
Press Release: October 16, 2020
Oakland, CA — Baykeeper and the US Coast Guard reached an agreement today that requires the federal agency to make significant changes to reduce heavy metals and other pollutants from its Yerba Buena Island facility in San Francisco Bay. The agreement also requires the Coast Guard to put a civilian...
BK In The News: July 20, 2020
State water regulators have issued a $285,000 penalty against the Phillips 66 refinery... "Industrial wastewater, especially from an oil refinery, can contain pollutants like toxic heavy metals and petroleum waste that are harmful to the Bay, wildlife, and people," said Sejal Choksi-Chugh,...
BK In The News: July 7, 2020
Las calles de Oakland están llenas de los desechos de las celebraciones del 4 de Julio. Aquí se le explica cómo limpiar de manera segura... “Los fuegos artificiales generalmente contienen metales como el plomo y el cobre y otros desechos como el plástico y el cartón,” dijo Sejal Choksi-Chugh,...
Blog Post: April 16, 2020
Selenium poisoning is shocking local scientists… again. Newly published studies found deformities in 80 percent of young Sacramento splittail minnow, a threatened fish found in the Sacramento River. The scientists attribute these spinal malformations to selenium pollution.  Selenium first gained...

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