"It is our values that earns us our citizenship." Don Jelinek, former Berkeley city councilman and civil rights attorney speaking at his 1997 Berkeley Mayoral Kickoff ...with introduction by then Vice Mayor of Berkeley, Maudelle Shirek. <MORE>

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Pacific Steel Casting - Berkeley Synthetic Minor Operating Permit Revisions BAAQMD Public Meeting

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Berkeley Air Monitor

Public Testimony: L A Wood, Berkeley Citizien
December 14, 2016

The mission statement of the Air District claims it, and I quote, “aims to create a healthy breathing environment for every Bay Area resident while protecting and improving public health, air quality, and the global climate.” However, the district’s permitting practices for west Berkeley’s largest polluter, Pacific Steel Casting, have taken a much lower aim

Over the last 15 years, our community has been in a heated conflict with the Air District over their lack of accountability to the large increases in PSC's metal and chemical emissions and the persistent odors. Also in conflict has been the total lack of public transparency especially as it relates to the district’s permitting practices and the PSC's Synthetic Minor Operating Permit compliance.

 

In 2005 (initiated by a complaint filed by Berkeley Citizen) there was a demand from the court for the air district to consolidate PSC's permits and emission inventories as required by law. This is only being considered now and only because of public outrage. This is why we are here tonight.

 

The legal failure to consolidate PSC’s SMOP permits can be explained, in part, by a political climate that has existed at the district for more than a dozen years that coincides with the current term of district APCO Broadbent and our now former Berkeley mayor and BAAQMD board member, Tom Bates.

 

Thus far, there has been no acknowledgement from the district regarding SMOP compliance or the air district’s preferential treatment of this west Berkeley company. This betrayal of the public trust helped shape the extreme changes seen in the last decade in west Berkeley developments, use permits, abuses of CEQA, and all at the expense of local air quality and health protections for residents. <READ MORE>

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