The Richmond City Council will vote on two resolutions opposing the mining, transportation, handling and burning of coal, as well as supporting strong regulations to regulate open coal and pet-coke piles.
Coal-hauling trains travel uncovered for hundreds of miles from Colorado. The rail company BNSF estimates that on an average trip a Coal train can lose up to 500 pounds to 1 ton of coal dust per trip. If the plan to turn Oakland into a major coal exporting port is allowed to go forward, the impacts on Bay Area residents' health and quality of life will be enormous.
CONTENT OF RESOLUTIONS
The first resolution, a policy statement, opposes coal mining, transport, export, and burning and restricts city-owned land, including the Port of Richmond, from being used to export coal and petcoke. The second resolution calls on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to pass a new regulation requiring coal and petcoke storage piles to be covered, to restrict the amount of coal dust that gets into the air in the local community. There are 2 locations with open coal and petcoke piles related to the export facility in richmond: one at the Levin Richmond terminal itself, and another at the coking facility next to highway 4 between Martinez and Rodeo.
Please plan to join other concerned residents at the Richmond City Council Meeting as we witness the City of Richmond strike back against Big Coal.
Rally at 5:30 PM in the Civic Center Plaza. City Council meeting starts at 7 PM. Try to attend both if at all possible.
440 Civic Center Plz
Richmond, CA 94804
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