Environmental Health & Regulation

Safeway Gas Project’s BAAQMD Permit ‘No Longer Complies with Current Law’ – Sierra Club

The Sonoma County chapter of the Sierra Club last week mailed a letter to the Petaluma City Council that suggested the Safeway gas station project on its September 17 agenda should, at a minimum, be delayed so that a formal Environmental Impact Report could be developed due to the possible invalidity of its 2013 Bay Area Air Quality Management District permit under current law. Visit Oppose Petaluma Safeway Gas for more information on this project.

Take the Gas or Else – If Corporations are People, What Manner of Citizen is Petaluma Safeway?

Corporation repeatedly threatens litigation to compel the City of Petaluma to permit construction of a glaring environmental injustice next to a preschool for the purpose of corporate profit City Council on the verge of approving an exclusive gift to Safeway and its corporate parent, Cerberus Capital Management Bauer and Wolpert stand up for the Petaluma…

CA State Water Board Website for Dutra Docs

The California State Water Resources Control Board has created a webpage dedicated to the Dutra Asphalt Plant project, where all documents related to the project received by the Board will be posted. Dutra currently has an application before the Board for a water quality certification for the project. Reads the page introduction, “This page pertains…

Dutra Told to Justify Need for Asphalt Plant, Alt Site Analysis Declared Invalid

Big news about the Dutra asphalt plant this week, as a state agency declared the company must show there is an unmet need for asphalt in the region, which Joan Cooper of Friends of Shollenberger Park and David Keller of the Petaluma River Council argue below is “a steep climb.” The folks with Save Shollenberger…

Democratic Party Platform Calls for End to Mountaintop Removal Mining

h/t to Ken Ward Jr. of Coal Tattoo (and a reporter for the WV Gazette) for the heads-up, pointing us to an encouraging Democratic Party platform plank we’d not yet heard about – the end of mountaintop mining removal.

Read the Alliance for Appalachia’s press release on the subject below or download here: DNC Platform Calls for Just Transition and End

DNC Platform Calls for Just Transition and End

Don’t Drink the Water by Jay McGee of Flint, Michigan

I remember being shocked and appalled at our government’s racist and wholly inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina. It truly shook me to think that we would allow so many of our people to be ignored, mistreated and deprived of their fundamental human rights.

The Flint, Michigan story is no less shocking. Access to clean water is a universal human right, and in California it’s also required by law. Not in Michigan though.

Here’s a new tune from Jay McGee of Flint, who’s hoping to prevent the issue from being relegated to the backburner of our news cycle this election year.