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Chandra Johannesson inside District Boundary September 6, 2019, 11:26 AM

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the West Oakland Community Action Plan (CAP) and respectfully submits the following comments related to the proposed strategies.

Draft Strategy #7: The City of Oakland revises business licensing procedures to require current and proposed businesses to disclose truck visits per day and works with Caltrans to determine the number of trucks that park in the Caltrans right-of-way near West Oakland. Caltrans works with WOEIP and the Air District to address air quality issues from truck parking leases, such as by modifying leases to allow for collecting surveys and partnering with the Air District and CARB to allow enforcement access.
Comment: Please clarify the definition of “truck.” EBMUD has facilities located in the Project Area as well as a fleet of vehicles—light, medium, and heavy duty—that must be used in the course of installing, repairing and replacing critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in the Project Area. It is not clear to what extent this strategy would apply to EBMUD and its vehicles which are needed in order to perform its essential public service. EBMUD’s vehicles utilize BACT and are in compliance with all existing local and state air requirements including the Heavy Duty Public and Utility Fleet Rule. Additionally, EBMUD class I-III vehicles are in compliance with all SMOG program requirements EBMUD is concerned that limiting the use of vehicles within the project area will limit EBMUD’s ability to respond effectively in situations where critical water and wastewater infrastructure requires repair or replacement.

Draft Strategy #8: The City of Oakland amends existing City Ordinances and Administrative policies to list new truck yards and truck service, repair, and fueling businesses as prohibited uses within the area of West Oakland that is inside the freeways (excluding the Port, OAB, and 3rd St. corridor of Jack London Square from Brush St. to Union St.).
Comment: Please clarify the definition of “truck” and “truck yards.” It is not clear if existing EBMUD facilities, which include vehicle storage, repair, and fueling equipment, would be prohibited under this strategy. Further, the blanket prohibition of the development of new truck yards could be a disadvantage for the Project Area. Yard development should be permissible for essential public service utilities in order to reduce the time for EBMUD to respond to water emergencies which will minimize the amount of time customers are without water and to minimize the potential environmental impacts from water main breaks and/or sanitary sewer overflows. We recommend that instead of a blanket prohibition that this strategy be revised to consider essential public service and include language for case-by-case exemptions as appropriate when there is a net benefit to the Project Area.

Draft Strategy #9: The City of Oakland develops a plan to limit the hours that trucks can operate in the community.
Comment: Please clarify the definition of “trucks” relevant to this strategy. EBMUD crews respond at any time of day—24 hours a day, seven days a week—to water infrastructure repairs (e.g., water main repairs). Delaying response to main breaks can result in impacts to customers, including loss of drinking water service, property damage from flooding and potential impacts to the environment. Further, EBMUD discharges are regulated under federal NPDES permits and require that EBMUD respond immediately to control the discharges to minimize impacts to receiving waters. Please ensure that this strategy includes exemption language for hour limitations for essential public services and that adoption of such a restriction will not impede compliance with other regulatory mandates.

Draft Strategy #67: The Air District proposes new regulations to reduce emissions from wastewater treatment plants and anaerobic digestion facilities, such as a regulation to reduce emissions of methane, reactive organic gases, and oxides of nitrogen by 2019.
Comment: Please add a clear reference to the specific regulation—Rule 13-4—that the Air District is developing for this intended purpose.

Draft Strategy #68: The Air District proposes a regulation to reduce emissions of reactive organic gases and other toxic compounds from organic liquid storage tanks by 2020.
Comment: It is EBMUD’s understanding after meeting with representatives of the Air District on August 28, 2019, that the intent of this strategy is to proposed amendments to existing Rule 8-5 and not to create a new regulation. EBMUD requests that the strategy be reworded to say: “The Air District proposes amendments to Rule 8-5 to further reduce emissions of reactive organic gases and other toxic compounds from organic liquid storage tanks by 2020.”

Draft Strategy #77: The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, in partnership with the Steering Committee, the City of Oakland, CARB, and the Air District, studies setting a limit on West Oakland’s cumulative exposure to TACs.
Comment: EBMUD generates some emissions during the course of providing water and wastewater services. These are related to operations that are critical to EBMUD providing reliable water and wastewater services to the people in and outside the Project Area, such as individual wastewater treatment processes, or trucks responding to locations in the Project Area to repair a broken water main or to proactively replace aging pipelines. EBMUD strives to implement programs that extend beyond regulatory compliance stipulations and actively collaborates with regulatory agencies, local agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the public to understand their needs and balance those needs with its operations. EBMUD provides essential services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while protecting public health and the environment. EBMUD requests that, before adopting a cumulative exposure limit, CARB work with EBMUD to better understand water and wastewater operations to ensure that the proposed new limit will not impede EBMUD’s critical services. EBMUD understands from discussion and materials provided at the July 10, 2019, Steering Committee meeting that the Air District will work with EBMUD and other stakeholders throughout the limit setting process.

Further Study Measure #4: The Air District will work with CARB and other agency and community partners to identify incentives to improve shortcut nitrogen removal processes at wastewater treatment plants to reduce emissions. Shortcut nitrogen removal processes may provide potential benefits in terms of energy, carbon, and chemical savings compared to conventional biological nitrogen removal.
Comment: EBMUD is the only wastewater treatment plant within the West Oakland study area and currently does not have “conventional biological nitrogen removal” in its wastewater treatment processes. Therefore it would be an ineffective use of the Air District’s limited resources to seek incentives to improve upon something that does not currently exist. Instead, EBMUD suggests the following language for this Further Study Measure: “The Air District will work with CARB and other agency and community partners to identify incentives for property owners within the study area to implement technologies that will improve upon existing technologies in use in order to reduce emissions targeted by the CAP.”

EBMUD looks forward to continued involvement in the West Oakland Steering Committee as the CAP is refined, the EIR is finalized, and as the team moves forward in to the implementation phase.

Jane Doe inside District Boundary July 22, 2019, 10:57 AM

How does the plan address restaurant smoke?

Christine Nguyen inside District Boundary July 22, 2019, 8:57 AM

Somewhere in the executive summary, introduction, or prelude, it would be nice to see a first person narrative from the lead authors of the plan.

Name not available inside District Boundary July 19, 2019, 2:35 AM

What sector listed below best represents you (pick one)?
Individual


Would you like to stay connected with the Air District?
No


How would you rate the air quality in your neighborhood?
Terrible


How concerned are you about air pollution from heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from medium-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from light-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from school buses in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from transit buses in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger vehicles in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ferries in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ocean-going vessels in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from harbor craft in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from freight locomotives in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger locomotives in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from construction equipment in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from industrial, port, airport equipment in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from agricultural equipment in your community?
Very concerned


Please list any specific businesses that operate the equipment described on the previous page in your community that may be good candidates for air pollution reduction grants from this program. Provide the business name and location if possible.
Cars, Buses, Bicycle Riders, Smokers, Animals, Waste!


Please list any opportunities in your community for us to provide more information about Bay Area Air Quality Management District grant programs.
I don't know of any! I am moving to a area with better quality of air with minimal air pollution. If someone wants to smoke fine. Just don't smoke in the air that I have to breathe and consume daily!


Use the map below to identify areas in your community where there is a lot of activity from the equipment types identified.
1. Use the + and - symbols in the map to zoom in and out.
2. Place one red pin in the general area of concern.
3. Use the comment box in the pin to tell us more.

Pin on Bay Area (east oakland )


Please list any other air pollution sources of concern in your community.
There is not much you can do about the quality of the air pollution in the community if the people living there don't want to do anything about it. The only option is to move out.


Please use this space to provide any additional comments.
No comment!


Can we contact you if we have follow-up questions?
Yes

Name not available inside District Boundary May 16, 2019, 1:55 PM

What sector listed below best represents you (pick one)?
Organization / Industry / Business


What is the name of the organization or business you are representing?
Planting Justice


How many members or employees are represented by the organization or business?
32 employees; 10,000 members


Would you like to stay connected with the Air District?
Yes (please be sure to complete your contact info below)


How would you rate the air quality in your neighborhood?
Terrible


How concerned are you about air pollution from heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from medium-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from light-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from school buses in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from transit buses in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger vehicles in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ferries in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ocean-going vessels in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from harbor craft in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from freight locomotives in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger locomotives in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from construction equipment in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from industrial, port, airport equipment in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from agricultural equipment in your community?
Slightly concerned


Please list any specific businesses that operate the equipment described on the previous page in your community that may be good candidates for air pollution reduction grants from this program. Provide the business name and location if possible.
N/A


Please list any opportunities in your community for us to provide more information about Bay Area Air Quality Management District grant programs.
N/A


Please list any other air pollution sources of concern in your community.
Our community continues to be deeply impacted and upset about AB&I Foundry, diesel trucks on Hwy 880, and the crematorium.


Can we contact you if we have follow-up questions?
Yes

Anwar Jaffery inside District Boundary April 28, 2019, 11:40 AM

What sector listed below best represents you (pick one)?
Individual


Would you like to stay connected with the Air District?
Yes (please be sure to complete your contact info below)


How would you rate the air quality in your neighborhood?
Good


How concerned are you about air pollution from heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from medium-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from light-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from school buses in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from transit buses in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger vehicles in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ferries in your community?
NOT APPLICABLE


How concerned are you about air pollution from ocean-going vessels in your community?
NOT APPLICABLE


How concerned are you about air pollution from harbor craft in your community?
NOT APPLICABLE


How concerned are you about air pollution from freight locomotives in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger locomotives in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from construction equipment in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from industrial, port, airport equipment in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from agricultural equipment in your community?
Slightly concerned


Please list any specific businesses that operate the equipment described on the previous page in your community that may be good candidates for air pollution reduction grants from this program. Provide the business name and location if possible.
FedEx, UPS are increasingly contributing in pollution in our neighborhood


Please list any opportunities in your community for us to provide more information about Bay Area Air Quality Management District grant programs.
Local Churches? on and around Pittman Rd, Link Rd and Cordelia Rd in Fairfield, CA
(There are 3-4) in this less than one mile radius Rockville Church is the biggest one on Link Rd


Use the map below to identify areas in your community where there is a lot of activity from the equipment types identified.
1. Use the + and - symbols in the map to zoom in and out.
2. Place one red pin in the general area of concern.
3. Use the comment box in the pin to tell us more.

Pin on Bay Area (Cement, gravel, limestone manufacturing plant this creates large amount of dust and fumes in our neighborhood, also heavy trucks and 18 wheelers lot began operation last year in 2018 and it added noise and pollutants into the already dusty air in the area.)


Can we contact you if we have follow-up questions?
Yes

Name not shown inside District Boundary April 11, 2019, 3:42 PM

What sector listed below best represents you (pick one)?
Individual


Would you like to stay connected with the Air District?
Yes (please be sure to complete your contact info below)


How would you rate the air quality in your neighborhood?
Okay most of the time


How concerned are you about air pollution from heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from medium-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from light-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from school buses in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from transit buses in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger vehicles in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ferries in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ocean-going vessels in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from harbor craft in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from freight locomotives in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger locomotives in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from construction equipment in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from industrial, port, airport equipment in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from agricultural equipment in your community?
Not at all concerned


Use the map below to identify areas in your community where there is a lot of activity from the equipment types identified.
1. Use the + and - symbols in the map to zoom in and out.
2. Place one red pin in the general area of concern.
3. Use the comment box in the pin to tell us more.

Pin on Bay Area, Pin on Bay Area (I-880), Pin on Bay Area (Port), Pin on Bay Area (port, shipping, trucks)

Name not shown inside District Boundary February 8, 2019, 8:16 AM

What sector listed below best represents you (pick one)?
Individual


How would you rate the air quality in your neighborhood?
Good


How concerned are you about air pollution from heavy-duty trucks in your community?
NOT APPLICABLE


How concerned are you about air pollution from medium-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from light-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from school buses in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from transit buses in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger vehicles in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ferries in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ocean-going vessels in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from harbor craft in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from freight locomotives in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger locomotives in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from construction equipment in your community?
NOT APPLICABLE


How concerned are you about air pollution from industrial, port, airport equipment in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from agricultural equipment in your community?
NOT APPLICABLE


Please use this space to provide any additional comments.
Claybank Road has lots of equipment activity.

Name not shown inside District Boundary January 28, 2019, 9:32 PM

What sector listed below best represents you (pick one)?
Individual


Would you like to stay connected with the Air District?
Yes (please be sure to complete your contact info below)


How would you rate the air quality in your neighborhood?
Okay most of the time


How concerned are you about air pollution from heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from medium-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from light-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from school buses in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from transit buses in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger vehicles in your community?
Very concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ferries in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ocean-going vessels in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from harbor craft in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from freight locomotives in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger locomotives in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from construction equipment in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from industrial, port, airport equipment in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from agricultural equipment in your community?
Somewhat concerned


Please list any specific businesses that operate the equipment described on the previous page in your community that may be good candidates for air pollution reduction grants from this program. Provide the business name and location if possible.
not sure


Please list any opportunities in your community for us to provide more information about Bay Area Air Quality Management District grant programs.
I learned about this program through a letter I received in the mail. Using DMV records, others might also be able to utilize this program.


Use the map below to identify areas in your community where there is a lot of activity from the equipment types identified.
1. Use the + and - symbols in the map to zoom in and out.
2. Place one red pin in the general area of concern.
3. Use the comment box in the pin to tell us more.

Pin on Bay Area, Pin at 36.043646, -121.813801


Please list any other air pollution sources of concern in your community.
industrial and individuals in general, nothing more specific


Please use this space to provide any additional comments.
none


Can we contact you if we have follow-up questions?
No

Name not shown inside District Boundary January 25, 2019, 9:49 AM

What sector listed below best represents you (pick one)?
Individual


Would you like to stay connected with the Air District?
No


How would you rate the air quality in your neighborhood?
Good


How concerned are you about air pollution from heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from medium-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from light-heavy-duty trucks in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from school buses in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from transit buses in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger vehicles in your community?
Moderately concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ferries in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from ocean-going vessels in your community?
Somewhat concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from harbor craft in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from freight locomotives in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from passenger locomotives in your community?
Not at all concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from construction equipment in your community?
Slightly concerned


How concerned are you about air pollution from industrial, port, airport equipment in your community?
NOT APPLICABLE


How concerned are you about air pollution from agricultural equipment in your community?
Not at all concerned


Use the map below to identify areas in your community where there is a lot of activity from the equipment types identified.
1. Use the + and - symbols in the map to zoom in and out.
2. Place one red pin in the general area of concern.
3. Use the comment box in the pin to tell us more.

Pin on Bay Area, Pin on Bay Area (heavy trucks entering and leaving quarry.)


Can we contact you if we have follow-up questions?
No