Open Letter to Members of City Council
Opposition to Permitting Eastside Fuel Storage Tanks
Southwest Workers Union calls on City Leaders and the community to protect the health and families of east side residents and uphold environmental justice. The proposal to build two new million gallon tanks for fuel furthering jeopardizes the health and safety of a community already burdened by toxic pipelines, fuel storage tank farms, diesel trucks, deadly Union Pacific tracks and numerous industrial sites.
Environmental Racism describes the reality that hazardous waste dumps, polluting industries and military installations are disproportionately sited in low-income and people of color communities. The cumulative effects of multiple sources of contamination in these neighborhoods continue to damage our environment and health. The east side residents not only suffers from the disproportionate citing of 60% of the fuel storage tanks in the City of San Antonio, but also is burdened by: 4 major 18 wheeler truck stops, CPS maintenance yard, SAWS maintenance yard, Industrial iron works centers, BFI solid waste dump, coal-burning power plant and Aztec ceramic tile facility.
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Southwest Workers Union demands:
- City Council deny the re-zoning permit from the I1 to the I2 designation
- An Emergency Evacuation Plan & Emergency Notification System for the communities and schools to be designed and implemented immediately to insure the health and safety of our families.
- Public disclosure of hazardous waste and pollution at public meetings.
- Zoning laws that allow polluting industries to be located across the street from homes and schools need to be addressed and amended to protect the safety of the communities first.
- Strict enforcement of environmental standards and safety regulations
- Establish a fund to support community improvement projects and landscape areas adjacent to industrial sites
- Adopt the Principles of Environmental Justice