Since we were formed by grassroots environmental justice leaders and community groups in late 1997, Greenaction and our  community partners and allies have won numerous victories.

Closed down polluting facilties including

  • the dirty PG&E Hunters Point power plant in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco, California
  • the polluting IES and Stericycle medical waste incinerators (Oakland, California and Gila River Indian Community, Arizona)
  • the outdated Red Star Yeast factory that emitted illegal levels of cancer-causing chemicals and noxious odors in Oakland, California
  • the dangerous Romic hazardous waste plants on the Gila River Indian Community reservation in Arizona and East Palo Alto, California
  • USEPA “thermal oxidation” incineratos burning hazardous wastes in West Oakland and Maywood, California and Goodyear/Avondale in Arizona

Defeated proposals for new polluting projects, including

  • Proposed “plasma arc” and gasification waste incinerators that would have polluted communities in California (Red Bluff, Watsonville, Sacramento, Chowchilla, Alameda, Hanford), Arizona (Sierra Vista) and Florida (Talahassee and St. Lucie)
  • Proposed nuclear waste dump at Ward Valley, California on sacred Indigenous lands near the Colorado River
  • Plans for toxic waste dump near Quitovac, Sonora, Mexico that would have desecrated indigenous sacred site and contaminated nearby O’odham village
  • Formosa Plastic’s plan to ship mercury waste from Taiwan to dump in the U.S. and other countries
  • Proposed burning of medical waste at the Covanta incinerator in Stanislaus County, California
  • Proposed giant expansion of regional landfill in Crow’s Landing, Stanislaus County, California

Encouraged changes in industry policies and practices, including

  • Carried out successful diesel reduction programs in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco and Kettleman City, California
  • Together with shutting the PG&E power plant in Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco, successfully encouraged the use of more clean, renewable energy
  • Together with closing down dirty medical waste incinerators, successfully encouraged hospitals to reduce their use of toxic PVC and mercury-containing devices and use safer, non-incineration treatment technologies

Encouraged safe clean up of toxics, including

  • Succeeded  in having AMCO Chemical toxic contamination site in West Oakland, California declared a federal Superfund site on the National Priorities List for cleanup
  • Succeeded in getting California state agencies to clean up toxics at future site of kids’ park to residential levels in West Oakland
  • Successfully pressured USEPA to stop burning toxic chemicals at contamination sites in Arizona and California

Improved regional, state and federal government environmental justice practices, including

  • Successfully advocated and organized together with allies for improvements in public outreach and public participation policies and practices by USEPA, California EPA, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Department of Public Health and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. This includes increasing translation of key notices and documents in communities where many residents do not speak English.
  • Pushed many government agencies to start developing methodology to evaluate the cumulative impacts of pollution in their permitting and regulatory decision-making.


Also see Chronology of Victories: 1997-2011


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