Rally and Press Conference: 5:30 PM
Planning Commission meeting: 6:30 PM
Come support Richmond residents suffering from health problems aggravated by coal and petroleum coke dust! Turn out for a key rally before the Planning Commission meets to consider the Richmond Coal Ordinance, which prohibits new coal operations on private land in the city, prevents existing facilities from expanding, and provides for a graduated phase-out of coal operations.
We are urging the Planning Commission to recommend approval of this ordinance with a phase-out period of three years. A three-year phase-out will safeguard terminal workers’ jobs and allow the terminal enough time to convert their operations to safer bulk commodities. The commission’s recommendation will then go before the City Council in September.
This ordinance is designed with a rock-solid legal basis for getting rid of coal. It relies on the city’s police powers to regulate businesses in the interest of residents’ health and safety.
If you are a Richmond resident and want to speak at the hearing, please contact and put “Planning Commission testimony” in the subject line. This is your chance to voice your experience, or that of family members, of suffering health problems such as asthma and COPD.
If you live outside Richmond, come to support Richmond residents — and to help stop one of only three coal-export terminals on the West Coast. Exporting coal enables climate catastrophe!
No Coal in Richmond has collected 1,600 signatures on a letter to the City Council urging them to act to end coal and petroleum coke handling and storage at the Levin-Richmond Terminal. We already suffer from the areas’s highest levels of asthma and other health problems caused by bad air quality.