No Coal in Richmond is an alliance of residents and groups that support an ordinance to end coal and pet coke operations at the Levin-Richmond Terminal. The Richmond Coal Ordinance, currently with the City Attorney’s office, would prohibit new coal/pet coke operations, prevent expansion of existing facilities, and provide for a graduated phase-out of existing coal and pet coke handling and storage. No Coal in Richmond is advocating a phase-out period of three years.
Fugitive dust that escapes from uncovered piles at the terminal contains arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead and other harmful substances. Both coal and pet coke dust contain fine particles (PM 2.5) known to cause heart and lung disease, asthma, and adversely affect learning and behavior in young children. Richmond already suffers from very high levels of asthma and other problems caused by bad air quality.
In 2018, nearly 1 million metric tons of coal passed through Richmond for export, an increase of 436 percent in six years. And when they’re burned, coal and pet coke are powerful contributors to the worsening climate disaster already wreaking so much havoc worldwide.
No Coal in Richmond coalition members include the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter, Communities for a Better Environment, Sunflower Alliance, No Coal in Oakland, Richmond Progressive Alliance, and the Interfaith Climate Action Network of Contra Costa County.
Come knock on doors in the neighborhoods most affected by this toxic coal and pet coke dust! Canvassers report that nearly everyone is grateful and eager to sign the petition, which has collected more than 1,100 signatures.
Sunday, June 9, 3 pm. Bring sunscreen and a refillable water bottle,
Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
2540 Macdonald Ave, Richmond
Visit the No Coal in Richmond website for other ways you can help!