San Francisco Baykeeper alleges Coast Guard facility discharges polluted storm water into bay

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit corporation alleges a federal agency is discharging polluted storm water in the San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco Baykeeper filed a complaint on Nov. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California San Francisco Division against United States Coast Guard Sector San Francisco and Rear Admiral Pete W. Gautier, in his official capacity as the commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, alleging violation of the Federal Pollution Control Act.

According to the complaint, since Sept. 4, 2013, the defendants allegedly have been discharging polluted storm water from their facility at Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco. The plaintiff alleges this storm water is discharged directly into the San Francisco Bay and the water is known to include gasoline, diesel, lead, copper and other pollutants.