The Cal EPA came to our neighborhood for a few months this Spring for Environmental Justice Enforcement Taskforce.
“Working with your community and hearing your concerns, CalEPA and its boards
and departments, along with local agencies and the US EPA, conducted over 100
inspections of different types of industries to ensure public health and safety. CalEPA
will be presenting the preliminary results of this initiative, as well as other information
on how you can help to increase compliance with environmental laws and decrease
pollution in your neighborhood.”
Air quality and pollution issues in the community
Toxics, including lead in jewelry sold in discount and beauty supply stores.
Storm water quality and capacity issues at recycling facilities near the port.
Here is the result of their studies.
See PDF: West Oakland_Community_Response_Final 7-13-17 for more details and visuals.
PRELIMINARY RESULTS- PRELIMINARY OUTCOMES –
Discount Stores – DTSC – Lead in Jewelry
Jewelry Inspection results
• 118 different styles of jewelry items found with excessive levels of lead and/or cadmium. Up to 99 percent (998,000 ppm) cadmium was found in children’s jewelry which exceeds the .03 percent (300 ppm) cadmium limit
Some of the children’s jewelry was falsely advertised as “Lead Free”
• Eight of the 18 Oakland retailers were issued notices of violation; no violations identified for 10 of the 18 retailers inspected
• All three jewelry suppliers inspected in LA were issued notices of violation
Contacts & More Info:
Antonia Becker Antonia.Becker@dtsc.ca.gov (510) 540-3889
DTSC Metal-Containing Jewelry Information:
Noncompliant Jewelry Photos:
DPR – Pesticide Labeling
CARB – Consumer Products with VOCs
10 CARB Truck Stop Locations
• 67 truck inspections
• 8 citations
• 3 fleets being investigated
7 Facilities inspected by BAAQMD
Dray-Off is when a compliant drayage truck exchanges a port or rail yard originated or bound container (either empty or full), a trailer with bulk cargo, or chassis with a non-compliant drayage truck off port or intermodal rail yard property anywhere within the State of California.
Drayage trucks that engage in dray-off are circumventing regulatory requirements, which adversely impacts the air quality of the surrounding communities and fosters an uncompetitive business environment.
The Drayage Truck Regulation was changed to include drayage trucks operating off of port or rail property.
• What Can you do?
• Report Illegal Dray-Off Trucks to ARB Enforcement Division:
Phone: 916-229-0395 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Port of Oakland – Idling Enforcement
Which Vehicles are covered?
• Heavy-duty diesel with GVWR of 10,000 lbs. or more
How long can they idle?
• No longer than 5 mins.
• Shut down engine at schools.
• Certified Clean Idle – Sticker
• 100 feet from restricted areas
What can you do?
• Call ARB’s Vehicle Complaint Hotline: 1-800-363-7664
Mark Stover, Branch Chief
Field Operations Branch
Phone: (916) 229-0757
Rachel Connors, Bay Area EJ liaison
Air Resources Engineer
Phone: (916) 229-0513
15 sites inspected by US EPA or Regional Water Board
13 sites out of compliance
We didn’t have specific “bad actors” in these neighborhoods
We inspected companies who perform industrial activities outdoors which can lead to polluted stormwater:
•Auto dismantlers and metal recyclers
•Paper and plastic recyclers
•Concrete batch plants
Too much stuff! Sites are overflowing with materials
Stuff that should not be there
Water quality sampling not happening
Inspection reports putting business on notice to fix problems
We ramp up if they do not fix the problems with various types of additional regulatory actions and enforcement
We will keep our focus on these sites until they return to compliance
Who to contact with questions
U.S. EPA – David Wampler (415) 972-3975 email@example.com
CA Regional Water Board Christine Boschen (510) 622-2346 Christine.Boschen@waterboards.ca.gov
CA State Water Board Jasmine Oaxaca (916) 322-5327 Jasmine.Oaxaca@waterboards.ca.gov
SOLID WASTE & RECYCLING
11 Solid Waste Facility Inspections
▪ 5 facilities in violation
25 Waste Tire Inspections
▪ 1 manifest violation
18 Beverage Container Recycling Inspections
▪ 5 facilities in violation
▪ $4,000 redemption payment denied
•90% or more is recycled
Solid Waste Transfer Station
• Less than 90% is recycled
County of Alameda
Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency
Alameda County Environmental
1131 Harbor Bay Pky Ste 200
Alameda, CA 94502-6540
28 facility inspections
• 7 have on-going enforcement by ACDEH
• 5 have on-going enforcement by DTSC
Hazardous Materials or Waste Concerns?
Alameda County Department of Environmental Health
E-D Coat Inc. Inspection Update
• Multi-agency inspection on April 19, 2017
• Investigation is ongoing
• DTSC issued an Administrative Action Order on April 24, 2017
• Remediation to be overseen by DTSC Cleanups
For more Information go to: http://www.envirostor.dtsc.ca.gov