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City secures settlement requiring PG&E to pay up to $190 million to clean up and reconstruct the Marina Harbor
Agreement will resolve decades-long dispute over environmental cleanup
SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 15, 2021) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has agreed to fund the cleanup and reconstruction of the Marina Small Craft Harbor.
The settlement agreement resolves a nearly two-decade legal battle between the City of San Francisco and PG&E over pollution from the power company’s former coal gasification plants near the harbor. San Francisco sued PG&E in 2001 over chemical compounds discovered in the subsurface soils and sediments at the East Harbor, seeking to have the safety-challenged utility pay to clean up the pollution.
“I’m pleased that PG&E is finally doing the right thing in this instance and paying to clean up its pollution,” Herrera said. “It’s unfortunate we had to take them to court and then negotiate for years to get this outcome. But at the end of the day, this settlement is going to benefit not only the residents of this area, but all San Franciscans by increasing opportunities for waterfront recreation.” [Read more]
City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker filed separate lawsuits on behalf of their respective cities against the top five oil and gas companies, asking the courts to hold them responsible for the costs of the infrastructure necessary to protect their cities from the consequences of climate change caused by their massive production of fossil fuels.
On January 31, 2017 City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration for his executive order directing enforcement action against sanctuary cities and threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities. The suit claims that the order is unconstitutional and exceeds the president’s power.
Five online suppliers that had been flouting both state and San Francisco law by selling illegal large-capacity magazines as “repair kits” to customers in California have agreed to a wide-ranging injunction that compels them to follow the law. The settlement agreement improves safety in California communities and ensures that rogue companies comply with the law.
In efforts to combat the affordable housing crisis in San Francisco, City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken broad actions ranging from filing lawsuits against unscrupulous landowners like Academy of Art University to cracking down on affordable housing fraudsters.
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