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Bay Area Air Quality Under Threat & the Fired Whistleblowers at BAAQMD
by Labor Video Project
Monday Jun 5th, 2017 8:12 PM
Health and safety advocates spoke at a meeting in San Francisco to discuss the role of the Bay Area Air Quality Control District managers. They reported on the failure of the agency to protect the community and public from dangerous toxins in the air. They also supported the whistleblowers at the District who have been fired for protesting the destruction of documents by the executives. The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has refused to launch an investigation of these criminal actions by the BAAQMD bosses.
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The Bay Area Air Quality Management District BAAQMD is responsible for regulation and oversight of air quality for the people of the bay area. The management and executives of the district have bullied and fired two whistleblowers Michael Bachmann and Sarah Steele at the board who tried to stop the destruction of document. This forum discussed the failure of this board to properly defend the health and safety particularly of African American and Latino communities.

Speakers included
Dr. Larry Rose, Former Cal-OSHA Medical Director
Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, Radiological Subcommittee of the Hunters Point Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board, Founder Radiological Subcommittee of Hunters Point Ship Yard & Veterans Administration Environmental Registry former Medical Officer
Steve Nadel, Sunflower Alliance
Francisco Da costa, Hunters Point Environmental Justice Advocacy, Director S.E. Sector Community Development Corporation
Derek Toliver, Environmental Expert and Health and Safety Advocate
Dr. Derek Kerr, Advocate for Whistleblowers and Whistleblower at San Francisco Laguna Honda Hospital

The forum took place on March 19, 2017 in San Francisco and was sponsored by the United Public Workers For Action
http://www.upwa.info

For more information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TkxcCZtHQQ
http://www.baaqmd.gov/~/media/files/communications-and-outreach/publications/news-releases/2017/2017-019-22117-pdf.pdf?la=en
https://youtu.be/QuMHn1FqDAE
http://www.dailycal.org/2017/02/22/whistleblowers-file-claim-bay-area-air-quality-management-district/
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/22/whistleblowers-mystery-file-cabinet-dumped-boxes-of-pollution-records-part-of-air-regulators-document-destruction/
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Ex-air-quality-workers-say-district-illegally-10949383.php
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/02/22/former-bay-area-air-quality-agency-workers-file-whistleblower-claim/
http://www.berkeleycitizen.org/Pacific%20Steel/pacific8.htm

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