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.”