In case you didn't get a chance to read it.
JoAnn McEachin on behalf of:
Friends of McDowell Elementary School, Little League children, and East Petaluma residents
1512 Sierra Drive
Petaluma, CA 94954
July 8, 2018
Petaluma City Council,
We, the undersigned, petition to appeal the decision by the Planning Commission to approve a building permit for a Safeway gas station on the corner of Maria Dr. and S. McDowell Blvd. Our objections are based on the following:
This project is only for the benefit of Safeway, not the community. Petaluma already has several gas stations - THREE in the area of this proposed site, including the Chevron where Safeway customers can get up to 20 cents off per gallon - and research has shown that, contrary to what Safeway would like us to believe, Safeway’s reduced gas pricing has not brought down the pricing of other gas stations nearby.
August 14, 2018
Dear Petaluma City Council members,
I am writing you in regards to the Proposed 16-bay Safeway fueling station on Petaluma’s east side. I am a toxicologist with the State of California and I have reviewed the relevant scientific literature on the Health Impacts of Gasoline and Fuel Emissions in children. Much of it is fairly recent, so you may not be up to date on the most current scientific findings regarding adverse health impacts and proximity to gas stations.
The US Environmental Protection agency (USEPA) classifies gas stations as point sources for benzene, a potent volatile carcinogen that is linked to cancer in children. Living next to a gas station (within 328 feet) quadruples the risk of acute leukemia in children and increases the risk of developing acute non-lymphoblastic childhood leukemia by 7 times, compared with children who don’t live near a gas station (Steffen et al., 2004). (Cancer is a leading cause of childhood mortality in the US, and leukemia is the most frequent malignant disease effecting children). Because benzene is a carcinogen, the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that there is no safe level of exposure.
This was taken Tuesday August 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The wind is clearly blowing from the proposed Safeway Gas Station site towards the preschool.
Long lines means long wait time, means more emmissions in the air. In Petaluma they want this next to a school. Yuck.