A draft coal and petcoke ordinance is on the Richmond city council agenda this Tuesday! The city council will be voting to direct city staff to review the proposed ordinance, which if adopted will protect Richmond’s community from the health hazards of coal and petroleum coke. Please come and express your support. This will be the very last item (L-7) on the meeting agenda. Here are key talking points:
- The export of coal from Richmond is not only a public health issue for the people who live directly next to the terminal, but for every community that the uncovered coal trains travel through from Utah where the coal is mined.
- Richmond residents already suffer from high levels of asthma and other health-related issues from poor air quality. This is a critical step to making Richmond a healthier place to live for residents and businesses.
- In 2017, the Levin-Richmond terminal shipped over 1.1 million metric tons of coal. That’s a 300% increase over 2016 coal shipments, and the terminal is on track to exceed that amount this year. Our community cannot continue to be exposed to high levels of toxic coal dust and public health risks.
- This is an opportunity for Richmond to phase out the export of coal and petcoke, and fulfill residents’ desire to live in a healthier and safer community.
Feel free to bring your own stories and concerns, too! But if you can’t make the meeting, please contact city council members to tell them that you support this coal ordinance:
Mayor Tom Butt firstname.lastname@example.org
Jovanka Beckles email@example.com
Ben Choi firstname.lastname@example.org
Eduardo Martinez email@example.com
Ada Recinos firstname.lastname@example.org
Jael Myrick email@example.com
Melvin Willis firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Richmond City Council Hearing Room
Community Services Building
440 Civic Center Plaza