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SAN DIEGO -- An environmental group has sued the U.S. Navy,
alleging that the military is polluting San Diego Bay by discharging
storm water loaded with toxins.
The suit, filed in federal court in San Diego by Coastkeeper,
claims the Navy and the Department of Defense have allowed zinc,
copper and other contaminants to enter the bay at nearly 400 times
the legal limit.
Coastkeeper asked the court to stop polluting and force the Navy
to restore the bay, which could cost tens of millions of dollars.
Coastkeeper's lawsuit is based on about four years of
water-monitoring data that Navy officials submitted to pollution
"By the Navy's own admission, they are violating their ...
discharge limits pretty severely," said Bruce Reznik, Coastkeeper
At least 59 stormwater outfalls drain into San Diego Bay from the
San Diego Naval Base and the Navy's Broadway Complex, according to
"We work very hard to safeguard the natural resources that the
taxpayers have entrusted to us," said Walter Ham, a Navy spokesman.
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