Baykeeper Updates Related to Toxic Pollutants

Blog Post: September 10, 2021
Polluters don’t like getting caught. They get defensive—even when our field team catches them red-handed with photos and water sampling results demonstrating serious pollution violations. After we sue them, some polluters push back with empty threats and others drag their feet. That’s why Baykeeper...
Blog Post: July 1, 2021
Fireworks can cause significant pollution. They are often set off over water, because setting them off over land creates a risk of fire. (Some communities ban them over lakes used as drinking water sources because of pollution concerns.) After two Super Bowl fireworks shows over San Francisco Bay...
BK In The News: June 17, 2021
After decades of efforts to clean up San Francisco Bay, its fish still carry a toxic load that makes them unfit for human consumption. A new Regional Monitoring Program (RMP) report on its 2019 sport fish survey contains some positive news: an overall decline in polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE...
BK In The News: April 30, 2021
The Oakland A’s released a term sheet April 23 that details their financial plans to develop a new ballpark and mixed-use development along the city’s waterfront. But City Hall officials were surprised by the long-awaited details. Dave Kaval, the president of the A’s, said his team of attorneys and...
BK In The News: April 16, 2021
A developer just got the green light to build thousands of homes on bay in South Richmond, near a known contaminated site. Cheryl Hurd reports.
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: February 3, 2021
Just west of the Carquinez Bridge in Contra Costa County is a site that looks like a big parking lot, but underneath are toxic heavy metals. Environmentalists warn that rising sea levels due to climate change could unleash these toxins into the San Francisco Bay. The land is owned by the State...
Press Release: January 8, 2021
OAKLAND (Jan. 8, 2021) – Environmental justice and conservation groups filed an amicus brief today, calling on the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) to regulate metal shredding facilities throughout the state.   Filed by Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), Center on ...

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