EPA Puts San Fran On Notice Instances Of Sewage Flowing In the Streets

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EPA Puts San Francisco On Notice Over ‘Instances Of Sewage Flowing In The Streets’

October 03, 201910:30 AM ET


The Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice Wednesday accusing San Francisco of violating the Clean Water Act, a 1970s environmental regulation designed to protect the country’s waterways and tributaries.


San Francisco is struggling to maintain its sprawling sewage system, allowing “substantial volumes of raw and partially-treated sewage to flow across beaches and into the San Francisco Bay,” EPA spokeswoman Molly Block told reporters ahead of the notice. California and the administration have traded barbs over the issue recently.


EPA’s regional director representing San Francisco noted that sewage is overrunning the city in some areas.


“There have been instances of sewage flowing in the streets and entering people’s homes,” Michael Stoker, head of EPA’s Region 9 district, wrote to Harlan Kelly Jr., the general manager of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Data also show high concentrates of zinc and lead threaten the city’s beaches, he added.


SAN FRANCISCO – NOVEMBER 04: San Francisco mayor and California Lt. Governor-elect Gavin Newsom smiles during a ribbon cutting during the grand opening of the Lowe’s store on November 4, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


“President Donald Trump criticised the city recently for the violations, telling reports aboard Air Force One on Sept. 19 that “we’re going to be giving San Francisco, they’re in total violation, we’re going to be giving them a notice very soon.” He added that “It’s a terrible situation.”


San Francisco has experienced an 18% rise in homelessness since 2015, and the issue is causing the streets to be littered with trash, feces, and used needles. An interactive map created in 2014 called “Human Wasteland” shows a heavy concentration of incidents of human excrement throughout the city.


EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler seized on the issue, writing a Sept. 26 letter to Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom citing multiple instances of California failing to meet federal water quality standards, noting that the problems are stemming from the state’s homeless population.




https://dailycaller.com/2019/10/03/trump-san-francisco-clean-water-act/

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catkinZ8a

No one cares except the EPA.

Sad.

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maddie260

HAHAHAHA! This is old news! And more legitimate news sources, IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH, noted that San Francisco, was singled out for this letter. Many, many cities deserved this letter more! You need to do some more research.

PS: NOBODY calls it San Fran

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catkinZ8a

Well duh. I abbreviated to fit in the title.

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Delilah66

Trump et al hop from denying environmental issues exist to OMG the Dems are ruining our human existence. Is there any smog in SF? If not, there soon may be. Whose fault will that be?

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lurker111

Is there any smog in SF? If not, there soon may be. Whose fault will that be?

lol! Your fears are unjustified. The catalytic converter turns all of that smog into harmless CO2. If you remove yours to stop global warming, then the smog will be your fault. :)

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catkinZ8a

'PG&E clearly hasn’t made its system safe.' California lawmakers slam utility amid widespread power outage

Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAYPublished 3:41 p.m. ET Oct. 9, 2019 | Updated 5:23 p.m. ET Oct. 9, 2019


Homes and businesses across California went dark on Wednesday as utilities shut off power to millions of customers in preparation for hot, dry wind expected to tear across the state.

Not even one year out from the deadly infernos sparked by PG&E equipment during similar weather conditions in Paradise, Calif., public officials acknowledged that the massive blackout as a necessary precaution — but rebuked the utility for not taking the proper safety steps to avoid it ahead of time.

“The potential for fire danger is serious and people must be prepared,” state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, said in a statement provided to USA TODAY, adding that the enormous scope of the outages suggests that “PG&E clearly hasn’t made its system safe.”

As the chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, Hill held a hearing in August to ensure the state’s Public Safety Power Shutoff program would only be utilized as an extreme and temporary safety tactic, rather than a go-to response.

“These shutdowns are supposed to be surgical. Shutdowns that could impact as many as 800,000 people in 34 of our 58 counties are by no means surgical,” he said, calling on PG&E to make its system more resilient and safe.
.@PGE4Me will be shutting off power all throughout the Bay Area and Nor Cal. This is the result of decades of underinvestment in maintenance and cannot become the new normal. The power shut-offs will have a huge impact on small businesses and their communities. https://t.co/RIA9KaybKj
— Phil Ting (@PhilTing) October 9, 2019

Others took issue with the apparent lack of preparation on the part of PG&E to ensure enough resources were ready to inform concerned customers across the wide range of affected areas. As the outage loomed, the utility’s website shut down after being flooded with traffic, leaving many left to wonder if they would wake up without power.

“We are in the thick of it now. The state is 100% focused on getting through this event,” said state Sen. Mike McGuire, a Democrat who represents the North Bay from Marin County to Del Norte County.

McGuire added that though the state is prioritizing the mobilization of resources to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable members of the community are being met during the power outage, lawmakers would make sure culpability comes next.

“The corporation has lacked some basic fundamentals to be able to execute such a large and challenging event,” he said, specifically citing PG&E’s website shortcomings.

“Believe you me, the time for accountability will come in the next few weeks,” McGuire said. “We are not missing a beat.”

Lawmakers also charged that the company is lagging on its other fire prevention goals.
It’s hard to overstate the impact of this massive rolling blackout, affecting 2.5 million people. People rely on electricity for their medicine, their food & their livelihoods. This is a completely unacceptable state of affairs. We can’t let PG&E normalize these mass blackouts. https://t.co/H8DYpplwRi
— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) October 9, 2019

“For years PG&E has done a poor job on maintenance and tree clearing, and they’re still not even close to where they need to be,” state Sen. Bill Dodd of Napa said in a statement. While the Democrat added that public safety power shutoffs are needed under dire circumstances, he added that his constituents are frustrated that their power was terminated before the winds hit the North Bay.

“Sadly, poor performance by PG&E is par for the course, so it’s not surprising.”

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Local leaders also were up in arms as they prepared their communities for the prolonged power outage.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday that “this is the type of interruption to lives that should not happen” and emphasized that PG&E could have done more to prevent it.

"We are going to do it because we agree it is in the interest of the safety of people, but we have got to do better," she said.

There are numerous risks that come with long outages, especially to those who rely on power for medical devices or building access. Non-working intersection lights also increase accident risk. A study released in 2012 found that for an excessively long blackout in New York City, mortality increased by 28% resulting in 90 excess deaths.

Still in the absence of other solutions, many maintained the outages are essential.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was in Oakland on Tuesday at a bill signing ceremony, said the blackout is an important part of the utility’s fire mitigation plan.

“The reality is that we want to protect people. We want to make sure people are safe. This is what PG&E thinks is in the best interest of their customers and ultimately for this region and the state,” he said. “No one wants to see this happen. But it is a public safety issue.”

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Iris GW

I'm not worried about how San Francisco and California conduct themselves. I have faith that their residents will hold them accountable if necessary.

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Iris GW

In the meantime:

Washington (CNN) Nearly 600 former Environmental Protection Agency officials are calling on Congress to investigate the Trump administration's "inappropriate threat of use of EPA authority" against the state of California over recent environmental policies.

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catkinZ8a

Suckers.


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Iris GW

More California audacity!

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Wednesday that bans hotels from supplying such bottles in an effort to reduce the number of plastic containers being thrown away by hotels and guests.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/shampoo-plastic-bottles-ban-trnd/index.html

Don't worry, it doesn't take effect until 2023 so stock up while you can!

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Delilah66

« lol!Your fears are unjustified.The catalytic converter turns all of that smog into harmless CO2.If you remove yours to stop global warming, then the smog will be your fault.:)«

Cars contribute only half of the nitrous oxide load :( and catalytic converters are suspected of causing of (gasp) global warming. Current facts matter.

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Janie

EPA??

The US Environmental PROTECTION Agency?????

The one that Trump is hell-bent on destroying

That’s rich

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