Friday, March 18, 2005

San Jose illegally polluting the Bay

The Merc reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has ordered San Jose to clean up pollutants it dumps into San Francisco Bay. EPA produced a 28-page list of violations of the Clean Water Act.

Disturbing quote from the article:

Significantly, the city wastewater plant empties into South Bay marshes, where water is less than five feet deep with little tidal action.

``You would be hard-pressed to find a worse place to have toxics getting into the system than the South Bay,'' said Greg Karras, senior scientist with Communities for a Better Environment, in Oakland.

``It is a wildlife refuge, and people fish in it, so you have a human health threat exacerbated by this stuff. It is particularly sensitive.''


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