Enviros Not Happy With San Francisco's World Cup Plans

The America's Cup, the worlds fastest yacht race, is destined for San Francisco in 2013. But local environmental groups are not pleased with the current plan to manage the environmental impacts of the event.
September 22, 2011, 7am PDT | David Zeetser
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Last month, environmental groups met with city leaders to come forth with a new plan that would reduce the environmental impacts. The event is expected to attract millions of visitors to the City by the Bay.

Many of these groups had comments regarding the draft environmental impact report that discusses how it will protect water, air, and land from pollution, over the course of the 50 days of racing:

"I love the Bay and I love the America's Cup, but I'm getting cold feet because the environmental prenuptial that the city has developed does not go far enough to protect the Bay Area's air, water and marine life from the many impacts that we expect, " said Teri Shore with the ocean conservation group Turtle Life Restoration Network.

The work that needs to be done addressed in the draft plan is no easy task. At the end of the year, The America's Cup and city officials hope to have final approval so they can begin preparations for the race.

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Published on Thursday, August 11, 2011 in USA Today
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