[Image: A view across San Francisco Bay, shot from a high rise in San Francisco. A tower of smoke is visible over Richmond.]
So the Chevron refinery in Richmond is on fire again. Shelter-in-place warnings have been issued, ordering people to stay indoors to protect their respiratory health.
Here are some things to note about this situation:
- The refinery is the city’s largest employer.
- Richmond is a primarily POC community.
- The poverty rate is double that in the rest of the state.
- The rate of childhood asthma is twice that of neighbouring communities.