Author: Director, Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN)

Oil Wastewater Ponds — Story on Eyewitness News

http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/investigations/Waste-water-353109501.html?embed BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – After going largely unnoticed for decades, state water quality regulators are setting their focus on a common practice in oil production – wastewater ponds. In an inventory completed this November, staff at the Central Valley Regional Water Control Board found 1,074 wastewater ponds. Of those, 716 are still active, though […]

Residents Mobilize to Fight Illegal Dumping in Fresno

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEogHu00u9k&w=560&h=315] Fresno, CA Residents of district 5 and district 7 are mobilizing to protect their communities from illegal dumping. This chronic problem plagues neighborhoods that are already overburdened by other pollution sources. In this video, we talk to a group of community leaders that have come together to clean-up their neighborhoods and demand action […]

Kick-off: Community Cohort to Promote Compliance with Environmental Regulations.

November 13, 2015 Tulare, CA — Central California Environmental Justice Network is excited to kick off a project to improve the participation of community members in compliance and enforcement processes throughout the San Joaquin Valley.  This project includes  putting a cohort (pictured here) of residents and advocates through inspector level courses at the Cal-EPA.  Through the […]

Community Fast in Support of Kern County Residents

November 12, 2015 Today, Cesar Campos, Director of CCEJN is fasting in solidarity with Kern County residents. This community fast was started by residents and organizers in Kern County to protest the county’s adoption of an ordinance that serves to fast track and undermine environmental review of oil exploration projects–including fracking and other extreme well […]

STOP THE FRACK ATTACK.

Central California Environmental Justice Network Project Coordinator, Gustavo Aguirre Jr Stop the Frack Attack National Summit Oct 3rd-5th Denver, CO. Stop the Frack Attack National Summit is a national gathering of organizations and advocates that work from different spectrums such as grassroots community organizing, tribal/Native American reservation organizing and policy work around Oil & Gas […]

Community Complaints lead to over $30,000 in violation penalties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2015 Contact: Gustavo Aguirre Jr. 661-889-1917 Ingrid Brostrom 510-717-8482 Air Emissions from the Covanta Biomass Facility Result in Fines Community complaints lead to over $30,000 in violation penalties DELANO, CA—The San Joaquin Valley Air District recently found the Covanta biomass incinerator in Delano liable for seven air quality infractions, leading […]

CVAQ, Clean Air Action Day 2015

–Sacramento, CA On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ) celebrated its 12th Annual Clean Air Action Day in Sacramento by organizing over 70 Valley advocates and residents representing all eight Valley counties and more than 20 organizations to meet with over 60 legislator offices in Sacramento. The Coalition’s annual event […]

Support for AB 1420

On Friday, October 2, 2015, CCEJN submitted the following letter to Governor Brown asking for his signature on AB 1420: October 1, 2015 Honorable Edmund G. Brown Governor, State of California California State Capitol, 1st Floor Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: Support for AB 1420 (Salas) On behalf of Central California Environmental Justice Network, I am […]

Support for AB 1071

CCEJN sent the following letter to Governor Brown asking for support for AB 1071: October 1, 2015 Honorable Edmund G. Brown Governor, State of California State Capitol, First Floor Sacramento, California 95814 Re: Support AB 1071 (Atkins and E Garcia) Environmental Justice Supplemental Environmental Projects Dear Governor Brown: On behalf of Central California Environmental Justice […]