January 17, 2017

Protecting prairie, cleaning up toxics in South Richmond

Channel at Hoffmann Marsh. Richmond is planning for development of the south Richmond shoreline, but is the toxic contamination going to be cleaned up adequately? Photos by G. Donald Bain, 360panos.com. Channel at Hoffmann Marsh. Richmond is planning for development of the south Richmond shoreline, but is the toxic contamination going to be cleaned up adequately? Photos by G. Donald Bain, 360panos.com.

Channel at Hoffmann Marsh. Richmond is planning for development of the south Richmond shoreline, but is the toxic contamination going to be cleaned up adequately? Photos by G. Donald Bain, 360panos.com.

As Richmond moves ahead with its South Richmond Specific Plan, it’s time for it to take a stand for the environment.

We worry that the city will defer to any UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley Lab request for their new “second campus”. The city also faces a confrontation with the Union Pacific Railroad over the Hoffman Marsh, especially remaining privately owned portions. The city still has not made a firm commitment to clean up the toxics at the Zeneca site. For the health and safety of Richmond residents, it’s time for the old industrial sites to be cleaned up.

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Richmond residents, write to Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the City Council at:

Hector_Rojas@ci.richmond.ca.us
City Hall
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804.

Urge the city to:

  • make sure that the Union Pacific cannot develop the Liquid Gold site but instead must clean it up to protect the Bay and wildlife;
  • support the effort to add the rest of the Hoffman Marsh to the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park;
  • require clean-up of the toxic Zeneca site to the residential standard.

Everyone can write to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at:

Richard Philliber, Environmental Planner
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
One Cyclotron Road, MS 76-225
Berkeley, CA 94720.

Urge the Laboratory to work actively to save the coastal prairie at the second-campus site. In particular, the main access road should not be built through the prairie, but around it from the current main entrance at Regatta Boulevard. Richmond residents can include this request in their letters to the Council also.

For more information see the project web site at www.ci.richmond.ca.us/sssp.

Norman La Force, chair, Sierra Club West Contra Costa County Group

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