Report Finds Evidence Of Several Toxic Chemicals In Air During Richmond Scrap-Metal Yard Fire
At a town hall meeting in Richmond last Wednesday, several residents indicated that the smoke made them sick.
Richmond Fire Released Range Of Toxic Chemicals Into Air, Reports Show
Newly obtained reports show that elevated levels of several industrial chemicals were found in air samples taken at the site of a smoky fire at a scrap-metal yard in Richmond late last month. Days after the blaze, Contra Costa County health officials disclosed that high levels of benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer, were recorded near the site of the Jan. 30 fire at Sims Metal Management. (Goldberg, 2/12)
In other news —
San Francisco Chronicle:
State Earns First Royalty Check After Investing Billions In Stem Cell Research
The City of Hope medical research center has sent more than $190,000 to the State Treasurer’s Office related to research funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, or CIRM, which has been tasked with issuing $2.75 billion in grants for stem cell studies. The check, which was received in December, is the first of what CIRM hopes will be many such payments in the coming years. (Palomino, 2/11)