Reject Air Permit for Hazardous Bomb Testing in California
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Tell the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to Reject Site 300’s Air Permit Application to Increase Size of Toxic Blasts
- More than 120 hazardous substances will become airborne!
- 5,500 new homes are being built nearby!
- It will delay Site 300 Superfund cleanup of nuclear materials!
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In November 2017, Site 300 proposed to increase the weight/size of open-air high explosives tests used to support the nuclear weapons development program operated by Livermore Lab, one of two laboratories in U.S. designing nuclear weapons. The proposed action is to increase its daily limit by 10 times (100 pounds to 1,000 pounds) and its yearly limit by 7.5 times (1,000 pounds to 7,500 pounds)!
Site 300 is an 11-square mile experimental test site located on the southwest border of Tracy, CA. As of 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed Site 300 on its “Superfund” list, meaning it is one of the most contaminated sites in the country. The proposed plan will delay the Superfund cleanup of toxic and radioactive pollutants already estimated to take up to 80 years.
Not only will these proposed activities put Site 300 workers and current community residents at risk, but it will put the 5,500 new families of Tracy Hills, a new residential project near the Site 300 border at risk, too.
More than 120 hazardous poisons will become airborne if the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District approves the air permit to detonate these tests at Livermore Lab’s Site 300. This is especially alarming since the proposal does not involve any type of air pollution control technology.
Some of the pollutants, including beryllium, vinyl chloride, phosphine, hydrogen cyanide and dioxin, are known to cause damage to organs, cancers and other diseases, and may lead to premature death to humans,
I do not support this permit and call on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to reject this proposal in order to protect the residents of Tracy and its surrounding communities.
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