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Oakland, Calif., Regulators to Levy Fines if City Doesn’t Clean Up Polluted Bay, Storm Drains

If the city doesn’t clean up its act by July 1, it could face fines of up to $10,000 a day.

Regulators in Oakland, Calif., are threatening to levy fines if the city doesn’t do something about the amount of trash entering the San Francisco Bay and the city’s storm drains.

The current waste flow violates mandates set by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board to reduce storm drain litter this year by 70 percent. If the city doesn’t clean up its act by July 1, it could face fines of up to $10,000 a day.

San Francisco Chronicle has more information:

A deluge of trash is flowing through Oakland’s storm drains and depositing so much litter in San Francisco Bay that regulators are threatening to levy fines if the city doesn’t do something to tidy up.

Despite spending millions of dollars over the years on garbage cleanup, Oakland has the Bay Area’s worst record for limiting the rubbish that pollutes creeks, lakes and the bay, according to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The flow of waste violates mandates set by the board to reduce storm drain litter this year by 70 percent compared with 2009, a goal that Oakland is far from meeting. If the city is still in violation on the July 1 deadline, it could face fines of up to $10,000 a day.

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