Oakland Leads the Way -- in Garbage

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Who says Oakland isn't a trend-setter? For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has listed Lake Merritt as "impaired," which is bureaucratese for really, really disgusting, owing to the mounds of trash that accumulate along its shores. Now, the EPA is planning to confer the same designation upon most of the Bay Area's shoreline, as well as several tributaries. The Chron reports that the designation would both free up federal money to clean the shoreline and fine cities and counties if they don't get their act together. First hyphy, now this? Oakland's really on a roll.

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