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Environmentalists Concerned About America’s Cup On San Francisco Bay

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A pair of Oracle Racing AC45's skippered by Russell Coutts, left, and James Spithill, right, make their way toward the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP)

A pair of Oracle Racing AC45’s skippered by Russell Coutts, left, and James Spithill, right, make their way toward the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — This Thursday is the deadline to file written comments for San Francisco’s Environmental Review of the upcoming America’s Cup.

“Work needs to be done now so that damage will not be done later,” said one man, concerned with the potential impacts of the high profile regatta on San Francisco.

A coalition of 30 environmental groups has been submitting both written and verbal comments for the America’s Cup Environmental Impact Report. The draft EIR was released early last month, a public hearing was held at the Planning Commission a week and a half ago, and this Thursday the public comment period will end.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“The environmental prenuptial does not go far enough to protect the Bay Area’s air, water and marine life from the crowds and the marine vessels and the waterfront development,” one woman said.

Because the America’s Cup trials will begin next year the racing regatta is being fast tracked and environmental and neighborhood groups said they worry that their concerns about blocked views, congestion, trash, and dangers to San Francisco Bay’s delicate ecosystem won’t get the attention they deserve in the final EIR.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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