In a bold move earlier this year, the City of Richmond voted to phase out coal storage and handling within city limits. This is significant progress in the fight to protect the health of Bay Area residents and to end dirty coal pollution in San Francisco Bay.
Coal is toxic—both for people and wildlife. It contains arsenic, mercury, and other harmful pollutants. According to the Clean Air Task Force, exposure to coal pollution prematurely kills 13,000 people each year in the US alone. And burning coal for fuel is a major driver of the climate crisis.
The Richmond City Council's action took courage. The dirty coal industry tried to intimidate the city into abandoning the ordinance, and it’s already begun a legal attack on Richmond's ban.
Baykeeper is going to stand by Richmond whatever comes next. Cities need to be free to make decisions that benefit the health and wellbeing of their residents. Please let Richmond's city council know you're on their side, too.