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Email your comments to the Richmond City Council (see this Sample Letter ) or consider this one to Gov. Newsom to raise his awareness of the high risk of a Love Canal situation occurring in California under his watch.

Get info on the August 30, 2021 rally against CalEPA and DTSC and the delaying tactics they use against communities of color. Over 20 environmental justice groups demanded changes in how DTSC makes its cleanup decisions for contaminated sites. Check back here for info on future rallies.

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We support the Community Plan proposed by and for Richmond residents, which is far more equitable, economically prudent, and environmentally sensitive.

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Per the US-EPA the AstraZeneca site is a Superfund-qualified site. This means it "poses a threat to human and environmental health." A Superfund-qualified site is much, much worse than a "brownfield."

Last December the lame duck Richmond City Council approved building up to 4,000 residences on the AstraZeneca site, after removing less than 2% of the extremely hazardous waste there now.

Please voice your support for removal of ALL the hazardous waste from the AstraZeneca site BEFORE housing is built there.

Review our collection of scientific data that supports our opposition to developing this site before a full cleanup is completed.

Here is basic info regarding the infamous example we don't want to follow: Love Canal, Niagara Falls, New York

In the News

NBC News: Groups Fight Over New Richmond Housing Project Near Contaminated Site

NPR: Near Coasts, Rising Seas Could Also Push Up Long-Buried Toxic Contamination

East Bay Express: Whose Richmond? New city council may re-examine development decisions

San Francisco Chronicle: Richmond sued over plan to develop site laden with pollutants

East Bay Times: Community groups sue Richmond for approving development on toxic site

KPIX 5: Debate Rages Over Solution For Richmond Toxic Chemical Site Planned For Development

Richmond Confidential: Debate Over Zeneca Development Continues

KPIX 5: Sea-level rise from climate change could exceed the high-end projections, scientists warn

Sunflower Alliance: Family Housing on a Toxic Dump? Just Say NO!

Letters from Leaders

Experts across the Bay have spoken out against this development. Read their concerns and urge the city council to heed their warnings.

Baykeeper "is alarmed by about the number of contaminants identified at the site by the Department of Toxic Substance Control, including PCBs, PAHs, VOCs, Mercury, Arsenic, and sulfuric acid."—Cole Burchiel

Citizens for East Shoreline Parks "There is no disagreement from any jurisdiction that this site is highly dangerous to health... Over 100 chemicals of concern are present, many of which are known as the “dirty dozen” that have been determined to cause cancer, reproductive damage and other serious health problems."—Shirley Dean

Contamination and Groundwater expert for CESP "[T]he significantly increased rate of sea level rise, as indicated in the most current estimates for sea level rise along the California coast, raises serious issues about the adequacy of the proposed remediation of the Project site under Alternative 3a in the Final FS/RAP."— Matt Hagemann