Stop Toxic Waste Dumping & Pollution in Kettleman City!

 

Stop the Expansion of Chemical Waste Management’s Kettleman Hills Hazardous Waste & PCB Landfill!

One of the defining struggles in the history of the environmental health and justice movement continues in Kettleman City, Kings County, in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Kettleman City is a low-income, predominantly Spanish-speaking, Latino community with approximately 1,500 residents. The community is impacted by multiple sources of pollution, and threatened by new proposed polluting industries. Existing pollution includes 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 fossil fuel power plant, proposed dumping of contaminated sewage sludge on agricultural fields next to town, and new oil drilling.

In 2007 and 2008, Greenaction and community groups discovered a  large number of birth defects and infant deaths in Kettleman City.  Unfortunately, the birth defect and infant death problem continues, along with many miscarriages and several cases of childhood cancer.

Greenaction and Kettleman City residents and their community groups (El Pueblo Para El Aire y Agua Limpio/People for Clean Air and Water and the youth group Kids Protecting Our Planet) allies are leading the fight against the proposed dump expansion. With your help we can win!

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Action: Rally and Action for Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice- “We Are All Kettleman City”

Join us on October 9, 2013, Noon in Sacramento to demand Governor Jerry Brown and the State Department of Toxic Substances Control to get out of bed with polluters! Protect People, Not Polluters! No Permits for Repeat Offenders.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Noon
PROTEST at CalEPA/DTSC, 10th and I Streets, Sacraento
MARCH to the Governor’s Residence

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Tell USEPA and California EPA: Stop Dumping Hazardous Wastes in Kettleman City!

Email the US EPA and the California EPA/Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to demand they deny permits to expand the Chemical Waste Management hazardous waste landfill in Kettleman City due to the chronic violations by the company, the ongoing health crisis including birth defects, miscarriages and childhood cancer, and the racial discrimination in the permit process including denying Spanish-speakers equal opportunity to participate in the process and the use of police dogs and police intimidation in the public hearings.

USEPA Region IX Administrator Jared Blumenfeld blumenfeld.jared@epa,gov
USEPA national Administrator Lisa Jackson jackson.lisap@epa.gov
DTSC Director Debbie Raphael  draphael@dtsc.ca.gov
California EPA Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice Arsenio Mataka  amataka@CalEPA.ca.gov

 

 

OTHER CURRENT CAMPAIGNS IN KETTLEMAN CITY AND AVENAL

Reduce Diesel Pollution!
Clean Drinking Water Now!
Stop the Proposed Avenal Power Plant!
Stop the Environmental Racism against Latinos and Spanish-speakers!

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HANFORD SENTINEL: "Deal made to cut diesel truck emissions"

By Seth Nidever, January 15, 2013
KETTLEMAN CITY — In a rare display of cooperation, government agencies, environmentalists and businesses have reached an agreement to reduce diesel truck idling in Kettleman City and Avenal. The announcement of the deal was made Monday by Greenaction, a Bay-Area group with local ties that worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, local business and residents to reach the voluntary agreement.

FRESNO BEE: "Kettleman City reaps toxic harvest of California castoffs"

By Mark Grossi, January 13, 2013
KETTLEMAN CITY — Maria Saucedo cried as she spoke of the two babies she has lost in Kettleman City — one to birth defects and the other in a miscarriage.

Comments Expressing Opposition to Permit to Expand Hazardous Waste Dump in Kettleman City

Submitted to Kings County Planning Agency, by Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, El Pueblo Para El Aire y Agua Limpio/People for Clean Air and Water, Lucha Por Salud Justicia Ambiental, Kids Protecting Our Planet & Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment exercises to last longer June 19, 2008 Download: TECHCOMM_AgainstChemWasteDump_DSEIR_19june2008 zp8497586rq

FACTSHEET: Stop Hazardous Dump Expansion in Kettleman City

SIX REASONS THE KETTLEMAN CITY TOXIC WASTE DUMP SHOULD NOT BE EXPANDED! angioedema treatment Factsheets en Español and in English Stop the Expansion of Chem Waste’s Toxic Dump in Kettleman City! Read Greenaction Comments to Department of Toxic Substances Control Opposing Draft Permit for Expansion of Chemical Waste Management's Violation-Plagued Kettleman Hills Hazardous Waste Landfill here. Download the Factsheet here: [...]

FRESNO BEE: "Little Town Notches Win Over Big Money"

By Jim Wasserman September 9, 1993 HANFORD Kettleman City, 45 minutes west of the Kings County seat here, is not for lovers. Some months it can be a reminder of hell on Earth, split in two by the most boring stretch of Interstate 5 on the whole West Coast. East, you have the little town: [...]

In the Media

HANFORD SENTINEL: "Deal made to cut diesel truck emissions"

By Seth Nidever, January 15, 2013
KETTLEMAN CITY — In a rare display of cooperation, government agencies, environmentalists and businesses have reached an agreement to reduce diesel truck idling in Kettleman City and Avenal. The announcement of the deal was made Monday by Greenaction, a Bay-Area group with local ties that worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, local business and residents to reach the voluntary agreement.

FRESNO BEE: "Kettleman City reaps toxic harvest of California castoffs"

By Mark Grossi, January 13, 2013
KETTLEMAN CITY — Maria Saucedo cried as she spoke of the two babies she has lost in Kettleman City — one to birth defects and the other in a miscarriage.

FRESNO BEE: "Little Town Notches Win Over Big Money"

By Jim Wasserman September 9, 1993 HANFORD Kettleman City, 45 minutes west of the Kings County seat here, is not for lovers. Some months it can be a reminder of hell on Earth, split in two by the most boring stretch of Interstate 5 on the whole West Coast. East, you have the little town: [...]

FRESNO BEE: Kettleman City faces 3-year wait for clean water

By Mark Grossi, July 6, 2012
After years of worry about birth defects and the neighboring hazardous-waste landfill, Kettleman City residents face a three-year wait to get healthy drinking water. The state has put up $8 million to replace the town’s water supply, which is laced with cancer-causing arsenic and benzene, but the project won’t be finished until at least 2015.

LA TIMES: Kettleman City asks: Why so many birth defects? Some residents of the impoverished town wonder if a nearby hazardous waste facility is to blame.

by Louis Sahagun, December 8, 2009.
When environmental activists began a survey of birth defects in this small migrant farming town halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the results were alarming. Approximately 20 babies were born here during the 14 months beginning in September 2007. Three of them died; each had been born with oral deformities known as clefts. Two others born with the defect during that period are undergoing medical treatment.

Background

The Chemical Waste Management Kettleman Hills Facility is the largest hazardous waste landfill west of the Mississippi River. Chem Waste is a subsidiary of Waste Management, the largest waste company in the world. The landfill accepts hazardous wastes, PCBs and garbage. It is "regulated" and permitted by numerous county, state, regional and federal agencies. Despite claims by Chem Waste that the landfill is well run and tightly regulated, the fact is that regulation and enforcement have been weak and in some situations virtually non-existent. The company has had years of violations of hazardous waste laws and permit conditions, including illegal disposal of hazardous wastes and failure to conduct some of the required monitoring. Adding insult to injury, the Latino and Spanish-speaking residents trying to participate in government permit processes have faced decades of systemmatic environmental racism including threats of arrest and police dogs at "public hearings," being given half the time to testify as English speakers, lack of translation of documents and testimony, and exclusion from the county's Local Assessment Committee.

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