Toxic waste stored all along the shoreline as sea level rises, causing groundwater levels to rise. What could possibly go wrong? Hear UC Professor Kristina Hill, expert in urban ecology, hydrology, and social justice, talk about dangers to Richmond and other Bay Area communities.
Sea level rise will carry highly contaminated groundwater from toxic sites into nearby environmental justice communities. Already storm drains in South Richmond neighborhoods overflow during heavy rains, and we cannot be sure that the water coming up from below isn’t already contaminated.
“There are 19 contaminated sites along the Richmond south shoreline in DTSC’s [Department of Toxic Substances Control] database alone,” Hill says. “The Water Board may have even more in their separate list. These are world-class dangerous chemicals. Cancer, organ failure, genetic damage, and other risks are very real here.” Her research shows why action is needed immediately.
Tuesday, March 8, 3 – 4 PM
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