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Community Gathers for a Lively Forum on Superfund Cleanup
Tracy City Hall

Friday, September 29, 2017
Posted by Eric Luna

Tri-Valley CAREs’ community meeting on the Superfund cleanup of the toxic and radioactive contaminants at the Livermore Lab’s “Site 300” high explosives testing range was held on Sept. 28 at the Tracy, CA City Hall.

The forum attracted a capacity crowd. The expert presentations – and the Q&A that followed - focused on environmental decisions that residents influence to improve the Superfund cleanup. The overarching goal is to protect community health and the environment in the Central Valley for current and future generations.

The forum included a sign-on letter to regulatory authorities outlining criteria for “community acceptance”. Tri-Valley CAREs also debuted a petition calling for cessation of all open-air blasts involving high explosives and toxic materials at Site 300’s remaining outdoor firing tables. Both are below in English and Spanish. Please sign and return them to Tri-Valley CAREs if you agree!

The forum also included presentations by: Valeria Salamanca, a Tracy resident and bilingual outreach specialist at Tri-Valley CAREs; Andrew Bain, the Site 300 project manager for the federal Environmental Protection Agency; Peter Strauss, an environmental scientist at PM Strauss & Assoc.; and, Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs’ Executive Director. The group’s Staff Attorney, Scott Yundt, moderated the session.

Our thanks go especially to all of the residents of Tracy and nearby communities who took time out of their busy lives to come and pack the chamber, ask lively questions, spark community discussion, and support the full cleanup of toxic and radioactive wastes.

Below, please find handouts from the event – including the petitions to sign; and a video by Tracy Cable Channel 26 of the event. Read on…

Andrew Bain discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s role in the cleanup and provided slides on public participation as well as an overview map of contamination at the site.

Click here to see the Site 300 contaminant map.
Click here to see the public participation opportunities in Superfund cleanup.
Haga clic aqui para ver este informacion en Espanol.

Peter Strauss added critical information on the contaminants, key issues in the cleanup and risks to human health and the environment if cleanup is not complete.

Click here to see the slides.

Marylia Kelley offered a community-based perspective and detailed how public involvement has improved the cleanup in the past – and is needed now at this crucial juncture.

Click here for a Superfund factsheet in English.
En Espanol, haga clic aqui.
Click here for a public sign-on letter in English.
Haga clic aqui para la carta en Espanol.
Click here for a petition to close open-air firing tables in English.
Haga clic aqui para ver la peticion en Espanol.