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Thu Mar 2 2017 (Updated 03/04/17)The Health of the Bay Area Is at Stake Say Whistleblowers
Thu Mar 2 2017 (Updated 03/04/17)Bay Area Air Quality Mngmt District Employees Fired For Exposing Destruction of Records
Two Bay Area Air Quality Management District employees charge in a new lawsuit announced in a February 22 press conference that they were bullied, retaliated against, and fired for exposing the illegal destruction of agency documents that are required to be maintained for a record of the violations of air pollution laws by corporations. Michael Bachmann was a manager of records at the agency and Sarah Steele was a contract employee working on retention of documents. Together, they say that they had tried to stop the destruction of the documents but that the agency's top managers continued to engage in destroying citations, compliance records, and settlement agreements for air pollution control violations by major companies like Chevron, Shell, Tosco, Pacific Steel Casting, and many other companies.
Attorneys for Steele and Bachmann released a set of records from 1990-91 involving Tosco refinery, which is now owned by Tesoro, that were saved by the pair. It shows a list of penalties against Tosco, including a $1,000 penalty reduced to $750 that involved an “excessive visible emission” at the acid plant. Major bay area polluters have been able to significantly reduce their fines because there is no record of previous violations and organized destruction of documents allowed these companies to limit their liability for violating air quality control standards over many decades.
Read More | Workers/Environmentalists Demand BAAQMD Executives Be Prosecuted For Destroying Records
Say No to Hate in the Bay: Oakland Solidarity with Charlottesville (audio and photos) Monday Aug 21st 10:38 PM
Left of the Dial: Antifascist Benefit for Charlottesville Monday Aug 21st 6:27 PM
Oakland Marches in Solidarity with Charlottesville, Shuts Down 580 Freeway (photos) Sunday Aug 20th 9:52 PM
Nazis Are Coming - Defend Berkeley! (1 comment) Saturday Aug 19th 10:39 AM
ICE/HSI Raids Home in West Oakland with OPD Assist, Resident Speaks Out Afterward (video) (5 comments) Friday Aug 18th 10:48 PM
TWS March Against White Supremacy (1 comment) Friday Aug 18th 10:21 AM
Protest the white supremacist ‘No to Marxism in America’ rally (2 comments) Thursday Aug 17th 10:38 PM
Outing the Bay Area campaign contributors of KKK fascist David Duke (27 comments) Thursday Aug 17th 9:57 PM
Berkeley Gov Holding Special Meeting for "Urgency Ordinance" Thursday Aug 17th 8:09 PM
SURJ Bay Area Statement of Support for Reem’s Bakery Thursday Aug 17th 1:15 PMMore Local News...
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Technology, Automation, Internationalism, Longshore Workers And The Future Of Work Tuesday Jul 25th 12:55 PM
Report On Cuban Labor Movement & Cuba's Health and Tourism Union by Victor Manuel Lemagne, Friday Jun 30th 9:19 PM
KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Looks At NNU Single Pay Campaign And CWA West AT&T Contract Fight Friday Mar 31st 2:37 PM
Korean Labor And The Impeachment & BAAQMD Retaliation And Document Destruction Monday Mar 20th 5:07 PM
HUD Secretary Ben Carson supports $6.2 billion in budget cuts to HUD (1 comment) Friday Mar 17th 3:52 AM
In condemned remarks, HUD Secretary Ben Carson calls slaves “immigrants” Monday Mar 6th 9:07 PM
HUD Secretary Ben Carson leads subsidized renters & union employees into uncertain future Friday Mar 3rd 1:57 AM
Milo Yiannopoulos' false narratives and liberals cherry picking the left. Sunday Feb 5th 7:14 AM
Should someone 5150 Trump for being a threat to himself and everyone else? (1 comment) Saturday Jan 14th 8:19 PM
Mumia Wins Federal Court Victory On Hep-C Treatment! Thursday Jan 5th 8:22 PMMore Global News...
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Barcelona's Katz Circus Will Travel...8-22-17 Mouse Report Tuesday Aug 22nd 2:01 PM
US out of Al Qaeda (cont.)...8-15-17 Mouse Report Tuesday Aug 15th 9:21 PM
US out of Al Qaeda...8-8-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 8th 1:41 PM
Death Sod Army...8-1-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 1st 2:21 PM
KPFA's Action Abhorrent Saturday Jul 29th 9:10 AM
KPFA's “Deplatformed" Author and Biologist Richard Dawkins Speaking In Corte Madera (1 comment) Friday Jul 28th 1:53 PM
Bombing Protest to Life...7-25-17 Mouse Report (1 comment) Tuesday Jul 25th 3:02 PM
Richard Dawkins speaks about KPFA Manager Quincy McCoy canceling his talk in Berkeley (2 comments) Monday Jul 24th 1:08 PM
KPFA Corporatist GM Quincy McCoy Attacks Free Speech In Canceling Dawkins (1 comment) Monday Jul 24th 8:10 AM
KPFA management cancels Richard Dawkins’ speech because of his tweets about Islam-So Much (2 comments) Saturday Jul 22nd 10:21 PMOpen Newswire...
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