Sea level rise could flood toxic sites along the Bay Area’s shore. This city has 21 facilities at risk

The San Francisco Chronicle

Richmond boasts the longest shoreline of any Bay Area city, 32 miles dotted with heavy industry such as chemical plants, factories and the Chevron oil refinery. It’s also vulnerable to rising seas predicted to increase regular flooding in the Bay Area by the end of the century.

Researchers say that combination threatens to spread toxic materials from an industrial shoreline into mostly working-class neighborhoods, placing immigrants and people of color at greater risk of exposure to pollutants.

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