Demand air pollution controls at Berkeley Asphalt

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Berkeley Asphalt has been operating without required air pollution controls since 1999.  That year they settled a lawsuit with their neighbors and agreed to specific measures to control odors, dust, and noise.  Over twenty years later they have yet to complete these mitigations. 

Their pollution has increased.  Starting in late October 2020, their pollution started subjecting large areas of the City of Berkeley to stinky and unhealthy sulfurous emissions.  Neighbors complain of headache, nausea, stinging eyes, sore throat, and aggravation of asthma and other chronic illness. 

In addition to the odors, other concerning asphalt plant emissions reported by the EPA include carcinogens, teratogens, respiratory irritants, and environmental pollutants such as: sulfur and nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phenol, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), metals, and particulates.  These pollutants contribute to global warming, acid rain, birth defects, acute and chronic illness and disease.

Berkeley Asphalt is owned by Lehigh Hanson, a huge multinational corporation based in Texas.  Lehigh Hanson touts environmental stewardship, safety, and being a good neighbor.  We demand these practices at their Berkeley facility.

We demand that Lehigh Hanson cease polluting operations at Berkeley Asphalt, install required and state of the art pollution controls, monitors, and sensors, and not resume operations until these systems are tested and shown to be protective of community and environmental health.

We demand that the City of Berkeley suspend the asphalt plant's Use Permit until the above conditions are met.  And going forward, annually inspect and enforce permit conditions pollution controls.

We demand that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District adequately enforce its regulations to protect air quality.