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The Richmond Shoreline Alliance calls for the removal of all hazardous waste from the AstraZeneca site before homes are built there.
The AstraZeneca site on the Richmond southeast shoreline has been leaking highly contaminated water and vapors for decades, from the 550,000 cubic yards of hazardous material left behind after 100-years of chemical/fertilizer/pesticide manufacturing on this shoreline site.  Despite the known risks of sea level rise, liquefaction (which is more likely as sea level rise progresses), and health risks should any of the proposed "remedies" fail, in Nov-Dec 2020 the Mayor and small majority of lame duck City Council members in place at that time approved pouring concrete over most of the 86-acre site - but doing nothing about the toxic waste flowing underground via groundwater under buildings on neighboring properties as well as into the Bay.  They approved building up to 4,000 condo units, after removing less than 2% of the hazardous waste there now.
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THIS IS NOT A “BROWNFIELD” as it was characterized in the Richmond staff report written by the City Community Development Director.   This is a US-EPA superfund qualified site, and as such,  it "poses a threat to human and environmental health."  It also qualified very high on the US-EPA scoring of superfund sites, so this is not a trivial distinction.  It escaped federal Superfund listing only because Astra-Zeneca took advantage of the loophole that allows wealthier polluters to request oversight by the state (CA Dept of Toxic Substances Control) rather than the federal EPA.  Make no mistake: this doesn’t change the fact that over a hundred types of Class 1 hazardous waste exist in high volumes in both the soil and groundwater of this site
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When voting to approve the Campus Bay development with 4,000 residential units on the AstraZeneca site, the outgoing Richmond City Council gave no consideration to updated sea level rise data available from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).  They also failed to heed Cal EPA's more health-protective vapor intrusion standards announced on February 14, 2020, which apply to the most dangerous and widespread contaminants on this site.  In addition, the lame duck council members blatantly and arrogantly ignored the residential and business community's near-unanimous 15-plus years of requests for a full and complete cleanup of this site before returning this site to use. 
Due to the gross judgement errors by the slim majority of the prior council, the Community’s ask to the Richmond City Council is to reopen the Campus Bay EIR and do a complete health-and-safety review, which includes at a minimum consideration of the US-EPA TCE health risk standards revised in February 2020 and the global warming sea level rise predictions which were doubled in January 2021.

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