From: "Sherry Padgett" <>
Subject: All night operations Zeneca/Simeon-Cherokee Site 1/5/05--1/6/05

Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005

First sighting of crane at angle in marsh was around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1/5/05.

First documented calls to City of Richmond Police started around 9:45 p.m., Wednesday 1/5/05.

Calls to City of Richmond Police asking to stop incredible noise from heavy equipment throughout Marina Bay Neighborhood.

Noise and concern about toxins in Downwind Property and Business Neighborhood started around 10 p.m., Wednesday, 1/5/05.

Operations are still going on at 1 a.m. Thursday, 1/6/05.

Crane stuck in the mud after metal plate broke underneath.

Three large pieces of heavy equipment and large dump trucks moving mud to build road to get to crane.

Source of mud to build road parallel and two feet from Bay Trail appears to be from toxic marsh, not clean bay mud.

Dump trucks getting stuck in mud.

All workers totally unprotected no hard hats, no gloves, no sealed cabs, no ongoing real time measurements for toxins in open pit.

Approximately 10 or more workers on site with contractor, Pacific States(?).

Bill Carson, Professional Engineer Levine-Fricke LFR, on site for Simeon-Cherokee.

No one from Cal EPA, San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board on site.

No one from Cal EPA, Department of Toxic Substances Control on site.

No one from Cal EPA, Air District on site.

Tide coming in.

Rain imminent.

Per Bill Carson, Levine-Fricke LFR, voice message left for someone at Water Board, and he has no after hours number to call Cal EPA San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board or Cal EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control.

Three local citizens on Bay Trail taking pictures and filming operation between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Three other local citizens calling City of Richmond Police after figuring out no DTSC or Water Board phone numbers answer after hours.

City of Richmond Police told one citizen that site is under the Park District jurisdiction and they have no authority to shut it down . . .

No emergency plan.

No backup plan.

No way to contact person(s) with authority to shut it down or insure workers and community are safe.

What a nightmare.

Sherry Padgett
Bay Area Residents for Responsible Development