Federal Judge Rules that Trump's EPA Cannot Declare South Bay Salt Ponds to be Land
Judge William Alsup of the US Northern District of California Court ruled today on the case Baykeeper vs EPA that Trump's EPA misapplied the Clean Water Act when it determined that the South Bay salt ponds, owned by Cargill, are in fact land. The ruling vacated the EPA's determination, and requires the agency, in any future determination, to consider whether developing the salt ponds "significantly affect the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Bay." Plaintiffs included Save The Bay, San Francisco Baykeeper, Committee for Green Foothills, and Citizens' Committee to Complete the Refuge.
In response, Baykeeper Executive Director Sejal Choksi-Chugh, issued the following statement: