Rodeo Refinery Air Permit Issued with No Public Input
For immediate release, May 21, 2018
Contacts: Camille Stough, Communities for a Better Environment,
(510) 302-0430 x16, email@example.com
Sejal Choksi-Chugh, San Francisco Baykeeper,
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Hollin Kretzmann, Center for Biological Diversity,
During the most recent 2017-2018 rainy season, over 350,000 gallons of sewage-contaminated spills flowed into San Francisco Bay and into creeks that flow to the Bay.
The most recent rainy season’s sewage spill total was far lower than during 2016-17’s exceptionally wet winter, when over 12 million gallons of water contaminated with sewage flowed into the Bay or its tributaries.
In the 43rd victory for Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, The Newark Group, Inc., a San Jose paper recycling facility, has agreed to prevent contaminated rainwater from running off its San Jose site and into San Francisco Bay.
The runoff from Newark’s recycling facility has been contaminated with high levels of pollutants that are harmful to underwater life. Rainwater running off the facility flows to a storm drain that empties into the Guadalupe River, which flows to San Francisco Bay.
In Baykeeper’s latest victory to stop industrial pollution in San Francisco Bay, Deal Auto Company, located in Contra Costa County near Richmond, has agreed to prevent contaminated rainwater from running off its site and into San Francisco Bay.
A used auto parts business, Deal Auto Company had a large fire in 2015. Hundreds of cars stored at the site were charred. The business is currently closed and making arrangements for a possible reopening.
A private luxury marina proposed for development at Clipper Cove on Treasure Island will damage wildlife habitat and harm public access to one of San Francisco Bay’s most protected sailing areas, Baykeeper recently told the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Baykeeper is advocating against the marina development, which would be open only to large 40 to 80 foot yachts. The marina would occupy 32% of the cove, which is a small inlet of the Bay between Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island.
Did you ever wonder where Clipper Cove on Treasure Island got its name? Or how to identify San Francisco’s leaning skyscraper? Or where to find harbor seals in San Francisco Bay?
For this and much more Bay lore, ask Baykeeper’s newly promoted volunteer Head Skipper, Robert Fairbank. He’s a walking—or rather, boating—encyclopedia of all things San Francisco Bay.
If you’re a Bay Area voter, congratulations! Your vote has begun making a difference for San Francisco Bay. Two years ago, an overwhelming majority of Bay Area voters showed how much they love the Bay by passing Measure AA. The measure created new funding for the restoration of the Bay’s wetlands and shorelines.
Baykeeper Staff Attorney Ben Eichenberg recently took representatives from the San Francisco Department of the Environment and the Mayor's Office on an aerial patrol of the Bay. The aerial perspective helped illustrate how sand mining in San Francisco Bay is connected to erosion at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, and how interrupted freshwater flows from the Delta affect the entire estuary.