Baykeeper Press Releases

(Mar 23, 2022) San Francisco Baykeeper joined a coalition of 136 groups petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require America’s dams and reservoirs to report greenhouse gas emissions under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Program.  Dams and reservoirs can emit significant GHGs, including methane. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is several times more destructive...
(Mar 7, 2022)   SACRAMENTO, Calif.— More than 80 environmental and justice organizations—incuding San Francisco Baykeeper, Center for Biodiversity, and Communities for a Better Environment—delivered a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom today urging him to strengthen the state’s clean car regulations. The letter comes ahead of Newsom’s State of the State address Tuesday, in which he’s expected...
(Mar 2, 2022) Oakland, CA—Following the Clean Water Act's required 60 day notification period, Baykeeper filed a lawsuit against Benicia's Valero refinery and the Port of Benicia for discharging petroleum coke into the Bay in repeated violations of the Clean Water Act. Baykeeper executive director Sejal Choksi-Chugh issues the following statement: "We've filed our pollution complaint against...
(Dec 8, 2021) Community Leaders and Government Officials to Discuss the Threat of Sea Level and Groundwater Rise to Contaminated Sites around San Francisco Bay   WHEN:            Wednesday December 8th and Thursday December 9th 2021                         3:30-6:00PM (PST)   WHERE:           ZOOM Registration Link: www.bit.ly/SLR-Contamination ZOOM Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/s/...
(Nov 12, 2021) Settlement establishes end date for scourge of coal and petcoke dust, and will include interim health protections for Richmond residents for the next five years Richmond, CA—Today, the Richmond City Council reached a monumental settlement with the Levin-Richmond Terminal Corporation to phase out the storage of coal and petcoke in the city by the end of 2026. The settlement closes...
(Oct 6, 2021) Baykeeper Notifies Benicia Petcoke Polluter of Intent to Sue   Oakland, CA—San Francisco Baykeeper yesterday served a notice of intent to sue Amports, the owner of the Port of Benicia, alleging repeated violations of the Clean Water Act. Baykeeper, responding to tips to its pollution hotline, observed several instances of petroleum coke dust being discharged directly into the...
(Sep 22, 2021)  Coalition Blasts EPA Delays on Replacing Do-Nothing Trump Rule WASHINGTON— One hundred environmental, community and public-health groups called on the Biden administration today to set strong standards to cut airplane pollution and avoid industry-promoted biofuel greenwashing. As today’s letter notes, the Biden administration has yet to announce any efforts to replace useless ...
(Aug 31, 2021) Oakland, CA—A federal judge Monday threw out a major Trump administration rule that scaled back federal protections for streams, marshes, and wetlands across the United States. Trump's rule would have allowed pollution and the draining and filling of streams, marshes, and wetlands.   Over forty percent of the Bay Area’s stream miles, and over sixty percent of the creeks across...
(May 24, 2021) Oakland—San Francisco Baykeeper joined a coalition of environmental and social jsutice organizations to oppose Dennis Herrera as next San Francisco Public Utilities Commission general manager, and delivered a statement today outling their opposition to San Francisco Mayor London Breed and SFPUC president Sophie Maxwell.   The groups' opposition springs from a May 14 SFPUC lawsuit...
(May 18, 2021) Oakland—San Francisco Baykeeper today submitted comments to the City of Alameda on its draft general plan update. Baykeeper applauds Alameda as one of few Bay Area jurisdictions to address climate-driven sea level rise in its general plan, and recommends that the city includes in its plan more incentirves to encourage Bay-friendly landscaping, as well as more recent projections for...

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