Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerA lawsuit alleges the Bay is being contaminated by industrial pollution.

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerA lawsuit alleges the Bay is being contaminated by industrial pollution.

Lawsuit calls for increased protection for Bay from industrial pollution

A lawsuit filed today by the California Coastkeeper Alliance against the State Water Resources Control Board claims that the agency is not doing enough to protect the San Francisco Bay and other waterways across the state from industrial pollution. 

On April 1, the Water Board approved a new version of the Industrial Stormwater Permit, which regulates over 1,300 industrial facilities in the Bay Area. According to San Francisco Baykeeper, an anti-pollution advocacy group and member of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, the new permit is not in compliance with the Clean Water Act and will allow industrial pollution in the San Francisco Bay.

“San Francisco Bay is plagued by pollutants such as copper, lead, zinc, arsenic and trash; industrial facilities such as scrap metal yards, waste transfer stations, and auto-dismantlers are a significant source,” said Jason Flanders, Baykeeper Program Director. “The State Water Board is required to adopt a permit that protects California communities and watersheds from highly toxic pollutants.”

You can view the lawsuit here.

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