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Valley Air District to Host Public Hearing in on Site 300 Permit Decision

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

You will soon have an important opportunity to voice your concerns about bomb blasts at Site 300 directly to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD)!

Tri-Valley CAREs has been alerted that the air district will host a public hearing in Tracy and offer a public comment period after it releases its draft permit and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review for Livermore Lab’s proposal to increase the size of its high explosives detonations in the open air at Site 300 near Tracy.

Once the air district confirms the details, Tri-Valley CAREs will broadly publicize the beginning of the comment period - and the public hearing - to ensure all community members have an opportunity to express their concerns about outdoor bomb blasts to the air district.

But, we will also rely on you to invite your friends and community to spread the word and participate. It is by working together that we will succeed in protecting our California air quality around Site 300.

Soon after the draft permit is released, Tri-Valley CAREs will post the relevant background documents (including the air district’s draft permit and CEQA review) for public evaluation.

We at Tri-Valley CAREs will prepare an analysis of the air district’s action – and we will create a public sign-on comment letter for you and others who care about the air we breathe. We will also prepare talking points for the public hearing in Tracy along with extensive, technical written comments, which we will submit to the air district.

SJVAPCD will then make its final decision on whether to issue or deny the air permit - and on any limitations or mitigation measures it may impose - after taking into consideration both the public’s written and oral public comments.

As a long-time resident of Tracy, I call on my Central Valley community members to jump over this last hurdle and shut down this proposal that would put our public health and local environment at risk.

And, as we all await the SJVAPCD notice with the date, time and place for the public hearing and comment period, you can take action in advance. I encourage all of you to sign and share our online petition calling on the SJVAPCD to reject the air permit!

Click here to sign the petition:

Thank you!