Over the decades, a sprawling network of shuttered chemical plants and oil refineries has left harmful pollutants in Richmond’s air, water, and soil.
According to data collected by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control, the city is home to more than a hundred hazardous waste sites, including two highly contaminated, federally designated Superfund locations.
Richmond Confidential’s “Toxics Map,” updated in the fall of 2017, details where the state is cleaning up and evaluating hazardous-waste sites, where cleanup is voluntary, and the previously mentioned Superfund locations.
State Response: California’s program to clean up hazardous waste sites.
Evaluation: The site is under investigation for hazardous waste contamination.
Voluntary Cleanup: The responsible party can clean up the site at their own pace.
Federal Superfund: The U.S. EPA’s program to clean up the nation’s worst hazardous waste sites.