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OMG, an Arresting SF-Related Skateboard Video: “SAN FRANCISCO SHRED CITY” – Thrilling, Scary, DangerousMonday, March 3rd, 2014
Here it is: Comet Skateboards // SAN FRANCISCO SHRED CITY
And in the end, they have a Shutterfly book to send to Nana
This bus says, “ELECTRIC POWERED” on the side.
In fact, it’s diesel powered.
But MUNI wants you to like MUNI more, so there you go:
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Hey, speaking of diesel, guess which incompetent local government agency has put more petroleum into the bay than the world-famous Cosco Busan oil spill ship? That’s right, it’s the SFMTA.
Oh look, the feds have a new webpage for the 2009 settlement agreement.
“City and County of San Francisco Clean Water Act Settlement
SAN FRANCISCO (November 2, 2009) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking action against the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency following federal violations of the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
On the page:
- Overview and Location of Facilities
- Injunctive Relief
- Pollutants Addressed
- Environmental Effects
- Civil Penalty
- Comment Period
The City and County of San Francisco is a municipality organized under the laws of California that operates the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (“SFMTA”) and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (“SFPUC”). The SFMTA operates a diverse fleet of trolley cars, street cars, light rail, alternative fuel vehicles and 495 diesel buses that are serviced and re-fueled at facilities owned and operated by the SFMTA. The SFPUC provides water, wastewater and municipal power services.
Between November and December 2005, approximately 940 barrels (39,488 gallons) of red dye diesel fuel were discharged from one of the Municipality’s underground storage tanks (USTs) at the John M. Woods Motor Coach Facility (Woods Motor Coach Facility). The diesel spread through a piping system into a storm drain, through wastewater collection piping to a pump station, into Islais Creek and eventually San Francisco Bay.
The discharge was caused by a ruptured hose. The leak continued for several days, as sensors, flashers and alarm reports and other leak indicators were ignored. This failure by SFMTA to comply with federal requirements for the management of USTs resulted in the release of diesel fuel and Clean Water Act discharge and pretreatment violations.
After this spill, EPA conducted inspections at several of SFMTA’s facilities and identified violations of EPA’s spill prevention regulations at three of them: Flynn, Kirkland, and Marin.
The five facilities covered by this settlement are in the City and County of San Francisco:
- Woods Motor Coach Facility – 1095 Indiana Street
- Flynn Motor Coach Facility – 15th and Harrison Street
- Kirkland Motor Coach Facility – 151 Beach Street
- Marin Fuel Stand – 1399 Main Street
- Southeast Water Collection System Pump Station
- Clean Water Act (CWA) Sections 311(b), 301(a), 307(d)
- Oil Pollution Prevention regulations issued pursuant to CWA Section 311(j )(the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations)
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Section 9003(a)
- The Consent Decree requires San Francisco to implement an Incident Command System (ICS) Exittraining program.
- San Francisco must appoint an ICS training coordinator to implement the program.
- San Francisco employees in certain position categories must complete and renew at least every 2 years, ICS level 100 and 200 training.
- Other identified employee positions must complete and renew at least every 2 years, ICS level 300 and 400 level training, if they are reasonably expected to coordinate with any Incident Response Management Team.
- San Francisco must maintain training certification documents and provide them to EPA upon request.
- San Francisco must also ensure that any contractor, including contractor employees who engage in any aspect of incident response on behalf of San Francisco, have completed the corresponding level of ICS training prior to performing any incident response activity.
- San Francisco must include language to this effect in any contract regarding incident response.
- San Francisco must submit an annual report to EPA with information addressing the ICS training program requirements.
- The oil spill of red dye diesel fuel addressed by this settlement discharged at least 940 barrels of oil (39,488 gallons).
- The oil storage capacity of the facilities addressed by this settlement is a total of 137,500 gallons that are subject to SPCC requirements.
- For more information about Oil Pollution Prevention rule requirements
The oil spill of red dye diesel fuel addressed by this settlement discharged at least 940 barrels of oil (39,488 gallons). Oil spills are known to cause both immediate and long-term harm to human health and ecosystems. Oil prevents oxygen in water and can suffocate wildlife.
Oil emulsions may stick to the gills of fish or coat and destroy algae or other plankton. Floating oil may reduce water exposure to the circulation of oxygen and, in conjunction with emulsified oil, interfere with photosynthesis.
Oil slicks can kill birds, contaminate food sources, reduce animal and plant reproduction and contaminate nesting habitats. Oil spills can cause long-term effects years later even if the oil remains in the environment for a relatively short period of time.
Petroleum oils can also undergo oxidation and polymerization reactions and can form tars that persist in the environment for years. These harms will be prevented by EPA’s Section 311 enforcement efforts and this settlement agreement. Please see EPA’s Emergency Management pages for more information about the effects of chemicals, hazardous substances and oils on the environment.
San Francisco will pay a total penalty of $250,000 to resolve its alleged liability for CWA and RCRA violations, of which $227,000 will be paid to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for CWA Section 311 discharge and SPCC violations. The remaining $23,000 will be paid to the U.S. Treasury for CWA pretreatment and RCRA violations.
The proposed settlement, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval. Information on submitting comment is available at the Department of Justice website.
For additional information, contact:
Water Enforcement Division
Office of Civil Enforcement – OECA
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2242A)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Tiny Raptor Struggles to Stay Warm During Typical Francisco San Summer – Standing on One Leg in the Western AdditionTuesday, August 6th, 2013
This critter is probably too small to eat a mouse, but insects are good I’m sure.
Anyway, standing on just one leg helps it stay warm on a blustery evening:
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Say Hello to Comet PANSTARRS 2013, aka “C/2011 L4″ – As Seen By Photographer David Yu from Twin PeaksThursday, March 14th, 2013
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The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) is an array of astronomical cameras and telescopes and computing facility that is surveying the sky on a continual basis, including accurate astrometry and photometry of detected objects. By detecting any differences from previous observations of the same areas of the sky, it is expected to discover a very large number of new asteroids, comets, variable stars and other celestial objects. Its primary mission is to detect near-Earth objects that threaten impact eventsand is expected to create a database of all objects visible from Hawaii (three-quarters of the entire sky) down to apparent magnitude 24. Pan-STARRS is funded in large part by the U.S. Air Force through their Research Labs.
OMG, Sean Spees Skateboards the 415! – YouTube: “Longboarding San Francisco Sunset” – DRIFT DRIFT DRIFT!Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
I’ll tell you, I haven’t seen this much drifting since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Here it is,Sean Spees: Longboarding San Francisco Sunset:
Ooh, I know where that street is. But not that one.
All the deets:
“New Original Skateboards team addition Sean Spees enjoys the bay areas finest on the Arbiter 36 topmount. Thanks fly out to Sean and renaissance Camera / Editor Aviel Hod of Splash Productions (http://www.youtube.com/shazzbazz740) for contributing their edit to the OS channel.
Sean shreds with; Original, Cult, Black Diamond Sports, PNL and Riot Boardsports.
Music; Metric – Breathing Underwater
Check out the Arbiter 36 and more from Original at;http://www.originalskateboards.com“