Warehouses are not dangerous when built on a reasonable scale. However, the trend for the past 10-20 years has been for ever-larger warehouse complexes, concentrating truck traffic and diesel exhaust pollution, and often threatening the health of workers and nearby communities.
A warehouse developer in California’s Inland Empire has taken this to previously unthinkable extremes, proposing to build a four square mile warehouse complex that would generate over 14,000 daily heavy duty diesel truck trips, over 50,000 daily automobile trips, and huge quantities of dangerous diesel exhaust pollution.
Accompanying this proposal were over $600,000 in political donations, allegations of corruption, lawsuits, and more more.
Several Moving Forward Network members are involved in protecting the public from this unhealthy project, including the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, Coalition for Clean Air, and Earthjustice, which have sued to stop the project.
“To bring this much additional traffic without any mitigation to an area with some of the worst air pollution is criminal,” said Penny Newman, executive director of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. “Thousands of studies have demonstrated that air pollution harms people, especially children. Strokes, heart disease, asthma and other respiratory diseases, including lung cancer, and even low birth weight and birth defects are linked to air pollution, yet this plan has no mitigation measures in place to address these preventable impacts.”
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