Environmental & community groups file suit to prevent more diesel exhaust pollution in Inland Empire

Image: Inland Ports of Southern California – Warehouses, Distribution Centers, Intermodal Facilities: Impacts, Costs, and Trends, Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice

In another chapter of the war between those who want to clean up the Inland Empire’s dangerously polluted air and trucking and warehousing interests, environmental and community groups have sued the State of California to stop it from building new truck lanes that would make a bad situation worse.

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Friends of the Northern San Jacinto Valley and Residents for a Livable Moreno Valley, the “additional truck lanes would facilitate development of projects like the adjacent World Logistics Center, a sprawling 4.2 square mile warehouse complex that would add 14,000 daily truck trips, worsen already poor air quality and harm wildlife in the nearby San Jacinto Wildlife Area.”

Separate lawsuits are moving through the courts to a stop to the World Logistics Center, a project approved after the developer spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund local politicians, and 

The health situation in the Inland Empire is already horrific. As Penny Newman of the MFN member organization Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice described in Inland Ports of Southern California – Warehouses, Distribution Centers, Intermodal Facilities: Impacts, Costs, and Trends, diesel exhaust from freight transportation has polluted the air Inland Empire air so badly that it has the highest level of ozone and particulate matter in the US. As a result, children born in San Bernardino County or Riverside will be exposed to as many carcinogens in the first 12 days of their life as most people are in 70 years.

Underlying all of this is a stunning story of malfeasance and dirty deals, a “story of how our whole consumer economy has been transformed, bringing lung-stunting pollution and, in some cases, political corruption.” (Source: Warehouse Empire)

 

For more information, check out the news articles, press release, and court filing linked below:

MORENO VALLEY: Suit filed to halt Badlands truck lanes, The Press-Enterprise

Lawsuit Filed Against Polluting Freeway-expansion Project in Riverside County – More Lanes Will Mean More Trucks, More Pollution, Climate Impacts, Press Release

Petition for Writ of Mandate, Legal filing

 

For Background, see:

MORENO VALLEY: Warehouse battle continues in court, The Press-Enterprise

Warehouse Empire, Buzzfeed

Inland Ports of Southern California – Warehouses, Distribution Centers, Intermodal Facilities: Impacts, Costs, and Trends, Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice

 

 

 

 

Massive warehouse complex threatens public health

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.”

To learn more check out

Smog or jobs? Massive warehouse means mass pollution, Desert Sun

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