Rally to Get Coal Out of Richmond!
July 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Come support Richmond residents suffering from health problems aggravated by coal and petroleum coke dust! On Thursday, July 18 at 5:30 pm, No Coal in Richmond will hold a rally and press conference on City Hall steps at 5:30 pm before the 6:30 pm Richmond Planning Commission meeting.
WHAT: No Coal in Richmond rally & Richmond Planning Commission hearing
WHEN: Thursday, July 18: rally & press conference 5:30, Planning Commission 6:30
WHERE: Richmond City Hall steps, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond CA 94804
The Planning Commission meeting will consider the Richmond Coal Ordinance, which prohibits new coal operations on private land in the city, prevents existing facilities from expanding, and provides for a graduated phase-out of coal operations. It relies on the city’s police powers to regulate businesses in the interest of residents’ health and safety.
We are urging the Planning Commission to recommend approval of this ordinance with a phase-out period of three years. A three-year phase-out will safeguard terminal workers’ jobs and allow the terminal enough time to convert their operations to safer bulk commodities. The commission’s recommendation will then go before the City Council in September.
If you are a Richmond resident and want to speak at the hearing, please contactand put “Planning Commission testimony” in the subject line. This is your chance to voice your experience, or that of family members, of suffering health problems such as asthma and COPD.
No Coal in Richmond has collected 1,600 signatures on a letter to the City Council urging them to act to end coal and petroleum coke handling and storage at the Levin-Richmond Terminal. We already suffer from the areas’s highest levels of asthma and other health problems caused by bad air quality.
To read the ordinance and learn more about the health effects of coal and petroleum coke dust, please visit the No Coal in Richmond website:.