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Oakland A’s Lose Bid to Cut Pollution Near Proposed Ballpark

Oct. 3, 2022, 3:16 PM

The Oakland Athletics baseball club lost a bid to compel California to crack down on contamination from a scrap metal recycling facility located near the site of the team’s proposed new ballpark.

The Athletics allege that contamination from Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. has impacted the West Oakland waterfront and marina area where it is seeking approvals to build a $12 billion ballpark at Jack London Square.

Schnitzer can continue to handle and dispose of its metal-shredder waste as non-hazardous, although the material otherwise meets the state’s definition of hazardous waste, the California Court of Appeals said in an opinion written ...