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.