Stop Plan to Further Pollute Air Quality

Target: Bill Terry, CEO of Eagle Rock Aggregates

Goal: Drop the plan to build a terminal for sand and gravel that will negatively affect air for nearby residents.

Major air pollution concerns loom over residents of a West Oakland neighborhood. Eagle Rock Aggregates plans to build a terminal that will transport sand and gravel, negatively affecting the air quality of nearby residents. For years, the community has dealt with disproportionately higher rates of respiratory illness, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases due to pollution of their air. Their neighborhood has a higher exposure to diesel compared to many surrounding California cities. Further polluting their air with the sand and gravel terminal would be a huge step backwards.

With many residents against the plan, Eagle Rock Aggregates is dismissing their concerns. The Attorney General’s Office and some activists groups, such as West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, have come forward condemning the plan as well. WOEIP has been fighting for clean air in the Oakland area for a while. They say this plan will make the air quality significantly worse for residents. If the plan cannot be dropped, they are calling for the sand and gravel to at least be watered down. This would lessen the size of particles that would blow from the facility into the air, reducing contamination of air quality for the adjoining neighborhood. Although this would help, it would be considerably more beneficial for the plan to drop altogether.

Urge Eagle Rock Aggregates to stop this misguided plan.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear CEO Terry,

Eagle Rock Aggregates’ plan to build a sand and gravel terminal in West Oakland will affect the nearby neighborhood’s air quality terribly. Their local air has already been compromised for years. This terminal will add to higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory illness, and is not worth the number of people who will be harmed. The community does not deserve this. Listen to the environmental groups that have been fighting for cleaner air quality for years. At the very least if the plan is not dropped, you must water down the sand and gravel, so the particles that travel through the air are less harmful to the residents.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chiara Coetzee


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