Oxnard residents have long fought multibillion dollar corporations for clean air and environmental justice, from the BHP Billiton Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal to NRG’s Puente Power Plant. As the goods movement industry grows rapidly across California, communities of color like Oxnard living alongside cancer-causing pollution from ports, warehouses, and truck routes have been speaking up to protect our neighborhoods from becoming “Diesel Death Zones”.
Now GLOVIS, a massive multinational shipping corporation, is planning to use 34 acres of land in South Oxnard for their shipments through the Port of Hueneme, lying directly between densely populated working-class immigrant neighborhoods and the sensitive habitat of the Ormond Beach Wetlands.
This would take us further down the road of turning the gateway to Ormond Beach into an industrialized heavy-duty truck route. Community members have just days left to comment on the draft environmental review of this project. We’re working with a coalition of over a dozen social justice, labor, and environmental groups to fight this irresponsible project.
The draft report environmental review of the GLOVIS 34-acre project was released right before the holidays, containing nearly a thousand pages of technical analysis and legal jargon.
Yet this environmental review is deeply flawed. It hides the larger plan for port expansion which this project is linked to, failing to calculate the resulting pollution and its impacts on Oxnard residents. It obscures the impact that more heavy port traffic will have on families trying to safely access Ormond Beach. And it fails to consider alternatives like keeping these impacts away from sensitive areas and transitioning to clean electric trucks.
Community members have until 5:00 pm on Monday February 14th to submit comments. Join us in telling the city of Oxnard to fix their study of the 34-Acre GLOVIS project!
The fight for clean air continues!