Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Levin-Richmond Terminal?

The Levin-Richmond Terminal is a family-owned business in Richmond that has been operating for 37 years. The clean, well-maintained facility exports coal, petroleum coke and recycled metal and uses state-of-the-art dust control to prevent air pollution. They have been a good neighbor, with impeccable safety and cleanliness records.

Who works at the Levin-Richmond Terminal?

The Terminal employs 50 union workers, many of which live in Richmond. These are good paying jobs with benefits.

Is the Terminal safe?

Levin-Richmond Terminal is one of the safest work places in Richmond. There hasn’t been a "lost-time accident" in 10 years.

Why is Richmond considering shutting it down?

The City is considering a proposal to prohibit the storage and handling of coal and petroleum coke within the city limits. This would shut down the Levin-Richmond Terminal and force the layoff of 50 union employees. The City’s goal is to protect air quality and health in Richmond, but there is currently no evidence that this storage and handling impacts our air quality or our health.

Isn't coal causing air quality issues in Richmond?

The answer is that we don’t know. The City’s air quality is currently being investigated by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in conjunction with the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This effort is a response to the passage of AB 617 by the State Legislature, which established the Community Air Protection Program. The goal of this effort is to identify and reduce harmful air pollutants, and BAAQMD and CARB have selected the Richmond Area as a priority community. The results of this study will inform a community-based emissions reduction and action program to protect Richmond’s air quality and health.

Shouldn't we stop using coal anyway?

Coal is a fossil fuel that is being used less and less to create energy. The Levin-Richmond Terminal recognizes that we – as a nation – are in a transitional time as we move toward more clean energy options. In the meantime, there are only two places in Northern California that ship coal and Levin-Richmond Terminal is one of them. It comes in from Utah and is exported to Asia. The Terminal provides a safe, clean method of transportation during this transitional time.

When will the study be complete?

The AB 617 Steering Committee is currently meeting to implement the emission monitoring program. It is expected they will have results in approximately one year.

So how can we protect Richmond's air quality while also protecting jobs?

Join our call to ask Richmond to wait on any action until they have the facts from the state and regional air quality Board’s Community Air Protection Program. We need to know exactly if there is a problem, and if so, where and what the problem is, and whether there are impacts on community health. Only then should the City take any action that might shut down a local, family-owned business and puts 50 union workers out of a job. Visit ProtectRichmondJobs.com to sign our petition.