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Richmond Make Polluters Pay

Long view of an oil refinery sitting adjacent to wetlands

Tell Richmond City Council: Put the Polluters Pay Initiative on the November ballot!

On Tuesday, June 18th, Richmond City Council will vote on putting the Polluters Pay Initiative on the November ballot. If this initiative becomes law, it will be great news for the city!

The Polluters Pay Initiative is a refinery tax aimed at Chevron. Revenues, based on the amount of raw materials or “feedstock” that Chevron processes, could add 60 to 90 million dollars per year to the city’s General Fund. That will bring Richmond the resources it needs to clean up the water, provide health services, and begin to cover the costs ahead of a transition when the Chevron Refinery closes.

There’s no question that the refinery’s toxic emissions have had serious negative consequences for Richmond residents. Air pollution-related diseases—including chronic asthma, cancer, and heart disease—occur at higher rates in the surrounding neighborhoods than elsewhere. It’s only right to make polluters pay for the health problems they’ve caused.

Find out more about the Polluters Pay Initiative here.

What Can You Do?

Tuesday, June 18th, from 5 to 6pm

Richmond City Hall

440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond 94804

The City Council meeting will start at 6pm.

Join the Asian-Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) and Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) for a fun day of painting and community building!

Saturday, June 15th, from 11am to 2pm

RSYE Center

3939 Bissell Ave, Richmond 94805

To let the organizers know you’re coming to either event, please RSVP here.

Add your voice—it’s time to make polluters pay!

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Author: Editorial Team

Image Credit: Ava Jackson

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