The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is in the process of revising the rules for the five Bay Area refineries, whose hazardous emissions are responsible for the higher risk of dying from heart disease and strokes in surrounding communities. However, the current draft of the new rules could increase the amount polluters are allowed to emit, and if implemented, would allow refineries to process far dirtier crude such as Canadian tar sands. Communities at risk have joined with the refinery workers’ union, USW Local 5, to support an alternative rule that would cap the amount of refinery emissions at current levels. Emissions reductions would not only improve air quality in the refinery corridor, but also downwind communities such as the Central Valley, which has some of the worst air quality in the U.S.
Please spread the word and plan to come to this second community forum. We will discuss the specifics of turning up the heat on BAAQMD to protect frontline communities, workers, our environment, and our global future. Download the flyer here: SpareOurAir2_18May2016. Bring a friend!
Download a sample resolution you can use to lobby community organizations and local government bodies here: Local advocacy resolution
Download a sample resolution for lobbying BAAQMD Directors here: Air District Board Members
Sponsored by Sunflower Alliance, Communities for a Better Environment, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, Richmond Progressive Alliance, California Nurses Association, and 350 Bay Area.
Wednesday, May 18, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Dinner at 5:30.
St. Marks Church Gymnasium, 159 Harbour Way, Richmond
andrés at cbecal.org