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September 2013 Newsletter

US EPA in the Pacific Southwest

Bicycle Sharing in the Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area has launched the first public bike share program in California and the first regional program of its kind in the nation. Top city and transit officials gathered in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Mountain View to kick off the program and celebrate the many environmental and health benefits of commuting by bike.

Restoring the San Francisquito Creek Watershed

The Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the California State Coastal Conservancy, and the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District announced the completion of work to remove a fish-passage barrier, improving access to critical spawning habitat for native steelhead trout in the San Francisquito Creek watershed.

Lake Tahoe

Progress in Protecting Lake Tahoe

Two years ago California, Nevada, EPA, and local partners adopted a plan to reduce the sediment that detracts from Lake Tahoe's clarity. The restoration plan, along with some help from the weather, has resulted in a remarkable improvement in the lake's clarity.

Honoring Business and Government WasteWise Leaders

Partial photo from Toyota's award presentation, Dan Wieten, National Manager of EHS and Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Pacific Southwest Region Administrator. Click for the full image

The Presidio Trust of San Francisco is the 2012 WasteWise “Federal Government Partner of the Year” Honorable Mention recipient for its work in reducing and composting food waste. Toyota Motor Sales USA of Torrance, Calif., received an Honorable Mention for reducing waste, recycling, and purchasing environmentally friendly products.

Reducing Emissions of Ozone-Depleting Substances

The nation’s second largest grocery store chain has agreed to pay a $600,000 penalty and implement a corporate-wide plan to significantly reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances from refrigeration equipment. This settlement involves the largest number of facilities ever in EPA’s enforcement of Clean Air Act regulations governing refrigeration equipment.

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