Prevent Toxic Air Pollution Next to Oakland Schools

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Dear Abel,

As residents of Oakland, we object to the proposed new toxic air pollutant "Oakland Panel Craft" (A/N #464377) which will be located in our Oakland neighborhood.

We have a great deal of concern about the operation of a paint/solvent business in this neighborhood, which is both high density residential and  in close proximity to two schools.

We think it is unconscionable that you are proposing to permit a source of 6 tons highly toxic paint and solvent to be added to our air each year (or 46lbs per day)!

West Oakland / South Berkeley are already dis-proportionally impacted by industrial air pollution from i-80, the train line and various industrial businesses. We do not need more toxic air pollution in such a growing residential area. There are plenty of less residential areas which can more safely house such a toxic air pollutant.

Short term health effects that this kind of painting can cause are irritation, contact dermatitis, burns to the skin and eyes, vomiting and diarrhoea, irritation to the nose, throat and lungs, headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue.

Long term health effect that can result from this kind of painting are occupational asthma, allergic contact dermatitis, lung cancer, ‘painter’s syndrome’ which is prolonged inhalation of paints and solvents resulting in brain damage, damage to the reproductive system and kidney or liver damage.

Short term health effects from inhalation of this kind of painting are respiratory tract irritation, shortness of breath, dizziness, influenza-like symptoms, tightness of the chest, nausea and headaches.

Long term health effects from inhalation of paint are cancer, sensitization of respiratory systems, asthma, abnormal reduction in lung function, emphysema and central nervous system dysfunction.

We urge you to reconsider granting your permit to operate this new source of toxic air pollution in our neighborhoods.



The Oakland Citizenry

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