PITTSBURG -- Opponents of the proposed WesPac oil storage and transfer facility released a report Tuesday night that shows four out of five air samples collected within a couple miles of the project site already exceed standards for particulate pollution set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Pittsburg Defense Council collected the samples at the five sites in December after receiving training from Global Community Monitor, a Richmond-based group that trains local residents who live near industrial areas to take air samples. Particulate pollution includes dust, dirt, soot, smoke and other minute particles.

The council has launched a full-scale battle against the WesPac proposal in hopes of convincing city officials to reject the project, which would be built on the western edge of town near homes, schools, churches and the Pittsburg Marina.

The findings were presented at a council meeting Tuesday night in hopes of furthering that goal. The project's final environmental report is expected to be released later this year.

More than 20 people spoke against the project at the meeting that packed the council chamber. The project is not expected to come before the council for several months.

"The facility brings nothing to our community. All it does is dump a time bomb in our front yards," Pittsburg resident Michael Chiricuzio said.



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