California To Phase Out Microbeads In Health, Beauty ProductsGov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday requiring California to phase out the use of microscopic exfoliating beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife.
SF Bay Microplastic Pollution Surpasses Great Lakes, Chesapeake BayAlarmingly high levels of pollution from tiny pieces of plastic are contaminating the San Francisco Bay, according to a new study.
Valley Fire Smoke Prompts Health Warning In Napa CountyNapa County officials Sunday warned residents in the north part of the county that smoke from the Valley Fire may be a health hazard.
Industry Referendum Delays California’s Plastic Bag Ban Until NovemberTuesday was supposed to be the last day for plastic grocery bags in California, but an industry-financed referendum has delayed the ban until after next November's election.
ExxonMobil Stops Drilling Off Santa Barbara After May Oil Spill Crippled PipelineA spokesman says ExxonMobil has temporarily ceased oil production on three platforms off the coast of Santa Barbara because an oil spill last month crippled the pipeline it used to transport crude to refineries.
Pipeline Company Downgrades Estimated Amount Of Oil Spilled On California CoastPlains All American Pipeline is downgrading the amount of oil it says spilled off a California coastline in a worst-case scenario.
Cupertino Cement Quarry To Pay $7.5M For Pollution ViolationsCement quarry Lehigh Hanson will pay millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit alleging it dumped millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a nearby creek.
Banned Flame Retardant Still Making Bald Eagles SickA recent Michigan study shows bald eagles are being exposed to more toxins, including banned flame-retardant chemicals that were once commonly used in the manufacturing of furniture.
Pollution Tax On Downtown San Francisco Commercial Properties Proposed That Could Ease Housing CrunchSan Francisco is floating the idea of a pollution tax that would target downtown high-rise commercial properties in the hope of solving the city’s housing crunch.
Crews Clean Up Chemical Plume Release At Dow Pittsburg PlantMore than 20 workers worked to clean up an unintended chemical release at Dow Chemical's waterfront processing facility in Pittsburg Friday afternoon.
Bay Area Air Quality Regulators Propose Fireplace Phase-Out, Ban On Wood-Burning Devices In New HomesBay Area air quality regulators are looking to phase out the traditional fireplace and forcing homeowners to swap out their wood-burning devices before selling or renting.
USGS: More Data Needed To Assess Any Fracking-Pollution LinkA new study by the U.S. Geological Survey says more data is needed to be able to say for sure if a link exists between unconventional oil and gas development and degraded water quality.
Stanford Researchers Reportedly Working On Air Cleaning Window Screen To Fight SmogA team of researchers at Stanford University have developed material for a window screen that could help people in cities with high amounts of air pollution breathe easier.
Crude Oil Train Derailment In West Virginia Sends Tanker Into River, Sparks FireA train carrying crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one tanker into the Kanawha River and sparking a house fire, officials said.
Sunday Marks Bay Area's 22nd Spare The Air Alert This SeasonThe alert puts into effect a ban on burning wood, manufactured fire logs and other solid fuels for 24 hours.