Kettleman City, is a low-income, rural, predominantly Spanish-speaking, Latino community with approximately 1,500 residents located in Kings County in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Avenal is located near Kettleman City and is also a predominantly low-income Latino community.
Kettleman City is impacted by multiple sources of pollution, and threatened by new proposed polluting industries. Existing pollution sources include the Chemical Waste Management landfill, pesticides, drinking water contaminated with benzene and arsenic, massive diesel truck traffic on Highway 41 and Interstate 5, toxic contamination from oilfield operations, and a former PG&E site. The community is facing proposed expansion of the giant hazardous waste and PCB landfill, the proposed Avenal Energy power plant (a 600-megawatt fossil fuel plant), the imminent dumping of contaminated sewage sludge on agricultural fields next to town, and new oil drilling by Zodiac Energy that may include hydraulic fracturing, the controversial and polluting technology commonly known as “fracking.”
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has publicly stated that the farmworker town of Kettleman City has become the litmus test of the government’s commitment to environmental health and justice, and this is clearly acknowledged to be the result of our years of effective and hard work.
Like Kettleman City, Avenal is also located near the Chemical Waste Management toxic dump, and also has the Avenal Regional Landfill which accepts garbage from far and wide.
Our community partners are People for Clean Air and Water of Kettleman City/El Pueblo Para el Aire y Agua Limpio, their youth group Kids Protecting Our Planet, Lucha por Salud y Justicia Ambiental, and many allies including the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, the Brown Berets, the Central California Environmental Justice Network, San Joaquin Valley Cumulative Health Impacts Project and the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition.
August 10, 2016: Greenaction & El Pueblo Reach Landmark Settlement with CalEPA and Dept. of Toxic Substances Control of our Title VI CIvil Rights Complaint that will benefit Kettleman City and Environmental Justice Communities across the state. Read the Title VI Settlement HERE and the Press Release HERE!
August 21, 2015: Read article in San Francisco Examiner newspaper about our new Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Task Force
Greenaction files appeal/petition for Review to Department of Toxic Substances Control calling for agency to reverse permit given to Chemical Waste Management for expansion of violation-plagued hazardous waste landfill in Kettleman City. Click here to see the appeal/petition.
Greenaction and Kettleman City residents vow to fight proposed toxic dump expansion. California Recommends Expansion of Largest Hazardous Waste Dump West of Mississippi.
Read Greenaction statement “We will Fight this Permit Decision” here and read stories below.
- Fresno Bee, Associated Press, New York Daily News, & Los Angeles Times
- Greenaction Opinion Editorial on Kettleman City in Sacramento Bee newspaper
PRESS RELEASE: “Greenaction Reaches Agreement with San Joaquin Valley Air District to Enhance Public Involvement in Permit Actions”
By Greenaction, February 15, 2013
Greenaction is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to enhance meaningful public involvement in the District’s permit processing actions.
PDF: Greenaction Announcement
PDF: Settlement Agreement and Public Statement