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Community Meeting to Discuss Richmond's General Plan


For Release:      August 28, 2008         Contact: Michael Kent, (925) 313-6587

                                                                       MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:       Richmond residents are invited to attend a community workshop to come up with action plans that ensure the Richmond General Plan, which is

            currently being updated, includes policies and land use options that protect residents from air pollution, noise and other impacts due to

            freight transportation.

            A light dinner will be provided.

WHO:        The meeting is being hosted by Project 12898: Solutions for West County Land Use and Environmental Justice, which includes, the Neighborhood

            House of North Richmond, Pacific Institute, the West County Toxics Coalition, and Contra Costa Health Services.

WHEN:       5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 3

WHERE:      St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 159 Harbour Way, Richmond.

WHY:        Diesel pollution is linked to cancer, asthma, heart disease, premature death and other health problems.  Trucks, trains and ships transporting

            freight in and through West County are a major source of diesel pollution. A recent study found there is almost six times more diesel

            particulate matter pollution released per square mile in West County neighborhoods than in the County as a whole. Asthma hospitalization rates

            for Inner West Contra Costa are twice the average rate for the County as a whole.

            Noise and vibration from passing trucks and trains can disturb sleep and cause anxiety and learning difficulties.  A 2007 study of noise level

            in 10 places in Richmond found that seven out of 10 had illegally high levels of noise.

            Building businesses in West County that attract trucks and trains could expose residents to more noise, pollution and other impacts.

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Vicky Balladares

Community & Media Relations Specialist

Contra Costa Health Services

Community Education & Information 

597 Center Ave. Suite 255

Martinez CA 94553

(925) 313-6817  Office

(925) 313-6219  Fax