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Push to stop cruise ship industry from dumping sewage in ocean


Here’s an update from friends of the Earth on what’s being done to STOP cruise ships from dumping millions of gallons of sewage into California’s coastal waters, and in other fragile spots around the world. It’s about time!! /Gary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from Friends of the Earth:
Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Representative Sam Farr (D-Calif.) introduced legislation on Wednesday (Oct. 21) that would prevent cruise ships from dumping sewage and other waste into coastal waters.

“Cruise ships are currently allowed to dump raw sewage just three nautical miles from shore. This practice is not only disgusting, it can threaten the public health, coastal tourism, fishing economies, and marine ecosystems,” said Neesha Kulkarni, Legislative Associate at Friends of the Earth. “Advanced technology is available to treat this waste, but the cruise industry has failed to install this equipment on a majority of its ships. The Clean Cruise Ship Act would put a stop to this practice and hold the cruise industry accountable.”
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Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Under: Cruise ships, Ocean, Pollution | 1 Comment »

Watch out for Christmas tree netting danger!

Dear Gary:
I just got a beautiful Christmas tree at Costco. They have what I initially thought was a great way to contain and transport our tree (and all others). It consisted of putting a plastic net over the entire tree.

It was great to tie down and get in the house, but once I started taking the netting off the tree I realized this huge ball of plastic netting would probably end up in the ocean or some other place where wildlife might try and eat it or get stuck in it.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
Under: Animals, Environmental, Pollution | 3 Comments »

SURPRISE: Marin County flushes MORE sewage into the Bay


Guess what, folks, it’s time again for Marin’s Monthly Sewage Spill Into The Bay!

MORE Marin County sewage has been dumped into the Bay and MORE wild shorebirds, fish and other creatures are probably dying.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
Under: Marin County, Pollution, Sewage spills, Wildlife | No Comments »

Once again Marin County flushes its toilets into the Bay

There’s been ANOTHER Marin County sewage spill into the Bay and more wild birds, fish and other creatures are probably dying.

** 5 million-plus gallons of sewage is spilled in Southern Marin on Jan. 25 and Jan. 31 …

** 1,500 gallons of raw sewage is spilled at Marin’s San Quentin Prison on Feb. 14 …

** 250 gallons of raw sewage spilled in North Marin on Feb. 18 …

** 6,000 gallons of raw sewage and storm water spilled in San Rafael on Feb. 24 …

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Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2008
Under: Environmental, Marin County, Pollution, Sewage spills | No Comments »

Nevada gold mines pollute Idaho lakes/streams/fish with mercury

My brother-in-law, Jim, sent me an e-mail about a serious problem affecting lakes, streams (and fish!) in Idaho, and possibly Utah and Montana.

Gary: We had a guest speaker from The Idaho Conservation League — VERY disturbing and depressing.

Idaho (as well as Utah and Montana to some degree) are “down-winders” of gold mines in Northern Nevada. A new gold extraction process (ore is heated to 1,000 degrees) started in the mid-1990’s causes the mercury in the ore to vaporize. The industry has known of this since 1990’s, but there has been no law — Nevada has had a “self policing” regulation and you can guess how well that has worked.
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Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2008
Under: Fish, Idaho, Mercury poisoning, Pollution | No Comments »