Baykeeper Updates Related to Coal

Monthly Column: January 2, 2020
I’ve heard locals describe a film of black dust on cars, windowsills, and playground structures in the city of Richmond. Sadly, it’s often coal dust. And it’s toxic—linked to asthma, heart disease, and other illnesses.   When it rains, that toxic dust can get washed and blown into San Francisco...
Blog Post: December 11, 2019
The Bay Area’s only active coal terminal moves more than a million tons of coal through Richmond every year, releasing toxic coal dust into nearby neighborhoods and San Francisco Bay. Coal dust causes asthma and other diseases in people, and it contains metals and other pollutants that harm...
BK In The News: December 4, 2019
After more than six hours of hot debate Tuesday night on a proposed ban of coal and petroleum coke in Richmond, the city council acceded to Mayor Tom Butt’s wishes and decided in a split vote to postpone the item... “Calling for more study is nothing more than reorganizing deck chairs on the...
BK In The News: November 13, 2019
Saying Oakland’s air quality is at risk, lawyers for the city and environmental groups urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to stop a developer from storing coal... Oakland’s contract with Tagami “assigns the role of fact-finder to the city,” said Colin O’Brien, lawyer for the Sierra Club and San...
BK In The News: November 13, 2019
The export war between Western coal-producing states that want their coal to reach new markets and Pacific Coast states that don't want the pollution or climate consequences of shipping it ..."Coal is a toxic fossil fuel that harms wildlife and people, and burning coal continues to...
Blog Post: November 8, 2019
The Bay Area's only active coal export company operates in the city of Richmond, right on the Bay's shoreline. The Levin terminal moves a million tons of coal every year from uncovered trains onto ships that travel across San Francisco Bay. These coal shipments spread toxic dust throughout local...
Blog Post: August 13, 2019
In a surprising move, the oil industry recently muscled its way into the battle over toxic coal exports around San Francisco Bay. Richmond city leaders have been considering an ordinance that would prohibit companies from storing coal along train tracks in neighborhoods and commercial areas....
Blog Post: June 10, 2019
In 2013, the Vallejo Marine Terminal (VMT) and Orcem Cement company proposed to build a bulk shipping terminal and cement plant along the shores of Mare Island Strait, in northern San Francisco Bay. But that’s not all. In addition to handling polluting cement materials, the terminal also could be...
BK In The News: March 20, 2019
After withdrawal of a 2018 proposal to regulate the dirty fuel, city councilmember proposes an eventual export ban... And the nonprofit Baykeeper sent speakers to the Richmond City Council and signed letters supporting the move to ban coal and petcoke. In settlement of a Baykeeper lawsuit, the...
Blog Post: February 7, 2019
In 2011, Baykeeper staff members were conducting a regular patrol on the Bay and came across a highly toxic polluting activity. A shipping terminal on the Richmond shoreline had put large piles of coal at the edge of the water, and wind was blowing black dust from the piles directly into the Bay....

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