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Corrupt BAAQMD Executives Stall Caps On Bay Area Air Pollution With Last Minute Proposal
The Bay Air Quality Management Management District executives at the last minute made proposals at the June 21, 2017 meeting to increase the level of pollutants by 25% in response to a policy to cap emissions. The BAAQMD management has previously bullied and fired two whistleblowers who were trying to stop the destruction of pollution records by the agency.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District BAAQMD which is responsible for regulating air quality in the bay area had a meeting on June 21, 2017 of the board which represents elected officials in the district to vote on a cap of pollutants from the oil refineries and other polluters. In order to stall the vote on the cap the management of the BAAQMD released a last minute new proposal to increase pollutants by 25%. This would be enough to build another refinery in the district as speakers pointed out.The management executives also did not even inform the members of the board of the proposed changes until the same day. The executives of the BAAQMD have previously bullied and fired staff whistleblowers Michael Bachmann and Sarah Steele who were trying to prevent the illegal destruction of pollution control documents by the top managers.
The BAAQMD bosses have also colluded with developers to prevent the proper protection in areas like Hunters Point Bay View and Treasure Island where the Navy, CCSF and California have allowed the falsification of tests on the enviromental dangers and where health and safety inspectors and whistleblowers have been fired.
The district bosses also allow Chevron, Shell, Tesoro and other polluters to self monitor the air quality of the pollutants and this has been challenged by Dr. Larry Rose who is the former Medical Director of Cal-OSHA.
Community and labor people spoke out about the issue of caps and the increasing health and safety problems and climate dangers by the use of fossil fuels.
Using the management's last minute proposed changes to increase the level of pollutants that would amount to the construction of another refinery in the bay area the board voted to postpone the vote on caps until the September meeting. The United Steel Workers Local 5 which represents the refinery workers at the affected plants was in favor of the caps that had originally been proposed.
For more media:
Bay Area Air Quality Under Threat & the Fired Whistleblowers at BAAQMD
BA Air Quality District BAAQMD Bosses Fire Workers For Exposing Illegal Destruction of Records
Cover-up Blows Up At SF Hunters Point Naval Shipyard "Clean-up" Meeting
Labor Lawyer J. Gary Gwilliam On BAAQCD Whistleblowers, UC Outsourcing And Worker Rights
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The BAAQMD has a long record of ignoring massive increases in illegal pollutants in the bay area. They also allow the refinery owners to monitor the releases rather than have independent monitoring of the release of pollutants
The management of the BAAQMD actually proposed an increase of toxins and pollutants into the bay area of 25% which would amount to the building of another refinery. The board which represents elected officials stalled a vote on the original caps.
The corrupt bosses at the BAAQMD promised to support a real cap and then at the last minute made a proposal for "legal reasons" to increase pollution by the refineries like Chevron, Tesoro, Shell and other polluters
Chevron bosses created a massive fire by illegal operations at the refinery plant. Governor Brown's Department of Industrial Relations Christine Baker fired Ellen Widess who was the chief of OSHA after her agency filed willful violations by Chevron of health and safety protection rules. There are only 200 OSHA inspectors for protection of 18.5 million workers in California and many large refineries.