Protest to demand California EPA and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) take immediate action to protect environmental justice communities

On August 30, 2021, SF Bay PSR Board Members Drs. Aude Bouagnon and Marjaneh Moini joined environmental justice groups from up and down California to converged on the CalEPA building in downtown Sacramento and speak out against the refusal by both agencies to follow science and protect the health of vulnerable communities.

Years of neglect, bad management, and denial have left California’s children, their families, and the environment poisoned by radioactive and toxic waste sites, including SF Bayview Hunters Point. Industrial and military facilities contaminated with hazardous and radioactive wastes are disproportionately located in low-income, working-class, and communities of color. Residents and the environment are at risk due to inadequate cleanup and remediation of these sites.

We demand that CalEPA and DTSC take urgent action to address these injustices and health harms.

We demand that CalEPA focus on protecting air quality in Oakland, Richmond, and all over California and quickly ending our reliance on fossil fuels. Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies and other false climate solutions should not be used to extend the life of fossil fuel operations that threaten our planet.

San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility stands in solidarity with, and offers our strongest support for the demands of the communities across the state whose health has been harmed by the twin evils of racism and environmental injustice. Their demands are health and science based.


The Unified Demands from the Organizations Protesting CalEPA and DTSC

Environmental Justice Protest: Organizations Protesting CalEPA and DTSC

LA Times: Valley activists, residents head to Sacramento to demand cleanup of contaminated Santa Susana Field Lab

“CalEPA and DTSC are in bed with the polluters, lobbyists and corporate developers and are neglecting environmental justice communities, while our children are sick and dying.”


Bayview Hunters Point Mothers and Fathers Committee, California Environmental Justice Coalition, Central California Environmental Justice Network, Citizens for East Shore Parks, Comité Cívico del Valle, Concerned Residents of Laytonville, Del Amo Action Committee, El Pueblo Para el Aire y Agua Limpia/People for Clean Air and Water of Kettleman City, Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Area, Fresh Air Vallejo, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Marin City Climate Resilience and Health Justice, Occupy SF Environmental Justice Working Group, Parents Against Santa Susana Field Lab, Richmond Progressive Alliance, Richmond Shoreline Alliance, San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility,  SF Bay Shoreline Contamination Cleanup Coalition, Social Justice Fund for Ventura County, Sunflower Alliance,  Tri-Valley CAREs, Valley Improvement Projects, and West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project.