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Sierra Club Challenges SF Approval Of America’s Cup Environmental Impact Report

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US challenger BMW Oracle Racing giant trimaran sails during the second race of the 33rd America's Cup off Valencia's coast on February 14, 2010 in Valencia, Spain.

US challenger BMW Oracle Racing giant trimaran sails during the second race of the 33rd America’s Cup off Valencia’s coast on February 14, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. (Manuel Queimadelos/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — The Sierra Club is challenging San Francisco’s approval of an America’s Cup environmental impact report.

The group’s San Francisco chapter cites concerns about pollution and other aspects of America’s Cup-related construction projects.

San Francisco planning commissioners approved the EIR on Dec. 15.

An earlier appeal was filed by the environmental and neighborhood groups the Telegraph Hill Dwellers, the Golden Gate Audubon Society, Waterfront Watch and San Francisco Tomorrow.

Environmentalists claim planners failed to analyze water and air pollution as well as possible diesel fuel leaks from the giant floating TV screen to be installed in Aquatic Park.

Preliminary races for the sailing event are this summer. City officials estimate the America’s Cup will generate 8,000 jobs and inject $1.8 billion into the local economy.

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