SAN FRANCISCO A federal judge ruled Thursday that a fleet of rotting warships anchored near San Francisco Bay is in violation of federal and state pollution laws. Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. ruled in U.S. District Court in Sacramento that the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet was in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Burrell wrote in a summary judgment that the U.S. Maritime Administration, the agency responsible for the ships, was breaking the law by continuing to allow paint from the obsolete vessels to flake off into the bay. He also found that the flaking paint put the agency afoul of California hazardous waste regulations. Judge: Calif. ghost fleet breaks pollution laws - Navy News, news from Iraq - Navy Times This fleet has been there for over 50 years since the end of WW2 and it is now an environmental hazard. It should be noted that San Francisco was offered the USS Iowa as a museum a few years ago and it was rejected by the city as a symbol of war. With all the ships there perhaps a good thing to do with them is look for ways to use some of them , or dispose of them and create work when doing so as a suggestion. It woud appear that rather than spend the money in directed efforts to run to court for every environmental issue in California , some of could be better spent on finding solutions.