Mercury, pills and school buses

September 19, 2012

Wednesday’s nature news digest has arrived!

  • Who’s the highest mercury polluter in Bay Area? A Cupertino lime mine, which released 260 lbs into air in 2011. Air regulators are cracking down. [KQED News Fix]
  • If you believe the birds – who doesn’t? – this year will bring an early winter and plenty of rain and snow. [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Dangers to wildlife from pharmaceuticals that are flushed into waterways has become part of new campaign to collect leftover pills. [Contra Costa Times]
  • A back to school problem. California’s aging school buses are spewing lots of bad air because state doesn’t require retirement of buses. [California Watch]
  • Treasure Island residents are worried about the recent radiation scare, after the U.S. Navy revealed highly contaminated sites. [San Francisco Examiner]
  • SF Rec & Park claims that a renovated Sharp Park Golf Course would count as a “natural” area. [SF Weekly]
  • Drake’s Bay Oysters in West Marin gets state clearance to reopen following illnesses that were linked to bacteria in waters. [Marin Independent Journal]


About the Author

Alison Hawkes was a Bay Nature editor from 2011-2017. Before Bay Nature she worked in journalism for more than a decade as a former newspaper reporter turned radio producer turned web editor with each rendition bringing her closer to her dream of covering environmental issues. She co-founded Way Out West, a site dedicated to covering Bay Area environmental news.