By : Jeff Carlson/Vallejo We keep hearing that turning down the VMT/Orcem waterfront terminal and slag cement plant project would somehow be unfair to the applicants, or give Vallejo a reputation as unfriendly to business. Really? What’s fair about locating heavy industry in residential neighborhoods — polluting their air and filling their streets with a daily […]
By: ebbflowin Mare Island Naval Shipyard fought irrelevance for nearly a century. It was a geographically poor location, with existential military & logistical challenges. It is unequivocally true Vallejo was dependent on the Navy, and on war. I would venture to say this is due in part to a lack of imagination, not some manifest […]
Slag tales – by Jeff Carlson POSTED: 05/25/18, 3:00 AM PDT The stories told about blast furnace slag by promoters of a proposed south Vallejo waterfront slag cement plant serve to illustrate both the quality of the information presented to the public, and the folly in thinking the environmental review process provides adequate protection. The […]
Fresh Air Vallejo & Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 Oppose Vallejo Cement Factory Proposal
Pollution and lack of Environmental Justice in South Vallejo neighborhood nearest to proposed Orcem Americas cement grinding operation top SEIU’s list of concerns. San Francisco, CA, December 28, 2017 –(PR.com)– Fresh Air Vallejo, the citizens group working together for a healthy environment and economy, today announced that the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 […]
For Immediate Release for Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 Contact: Joe Feller (415) 902-3395 email@example.com WEDNESDAY NEWS CONFERENCE: Controversial Vallejo Cement Factory’s ‘Dirty Secret’ Exposed; Independent Expert Charges the Orcem Project Pollution Analysis ‘Wrong. Fraudulent’ VALLEJO, Ca.– An independent clean air specialist Wednesday is expected to claim that a proposed controversial cement factory here is hiding a “dirty secret” – its air […]
The VMT / Orcem project is contingent on two parcels of land: one they are leasing from the City and one they claim to own outright. Both are examined in this Preliminary Report: The Historic Sperry Flour Mill, Reclaiming Vallejo’s Lost Land After extensive research we find no evidence of title insurance on the […]
A friend in Ireland sent Fresh Air Vallejo this picture of Orcem’s parent company in Dublin, Ecocem. Is this what we want to expose Vallejo’s children to? The verified health hazards of living near a cement factory are well documented: “Occupational and environmental exposure to cement dust and their effects on human health is a leading respiratory health […]
Who do Vallejo City Councilmembers Verder-Aliga, Malgapo, and Sunga think they work for? They directly and explicitly sacrificed the city’s interest for that of VMT/Orcem by deciding VMT/Orcem does not have to pay us the money they owe us! We demand an explanation for this decision. These council members need to explain themselves. Now. Here is the 1:30 video […]
WHAT HAPPENED AT CITY COUNCIL ON JUNE 1, 2017?
A resolution was passed requiring city staff and VMT/Orcem to develop a “stable, mutually-agreed- upon project description” by July 15.
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER JULY 15, 2017?
The city and applicant failed to agree on a “stable, mutually agreed-upon project description.” They brought this back to the City Council on July 25th for further guidance. The Council voted to accept the first of three Staff recommendations: continuing to work with VMT/Orcem to determine and “stable and finite” project definition with an August 25 deadline. They were unable to agree on a recommended “tolling agreement” to bring VMT / Orcem’s financial accounts current and confirm mutual agreements to avoid a lawsuit; and unable to reach an agreement on what to do if they are unable to reach an agreement by August 25th.
Our legal team sent an open letter asking Councilmembers Malgapo, Verder-Aliga, and Dew-Costa to recuse themselves from any VMT/Orcem vote, explaining why this is necessary going forward and the consequences for failing to to do so. This letter went unheeded by two of those Councilmembers on July 25th.
WHAT HAPPENED ON JULY 28th:
The California Historical Resources Commission voted unanimously to approve the landmarking nomination of the Sperry Flour Mills Historic District , which creates an historic landmark for entire Flour mill citing specific buildings as contributing factors. The commission did this overriding objections from representatives of VMT / Orcem.