Gov. Gavin Newsom is being urged to place a moratorium on warehouse construction in the Inland Empire by a coalition of environmental groups.
In an eight-page letter, the organizations call warehouse growth in Riverside and San Bernardino counties since the start of the pandemic “one of the most critical environmental justice issues of our time,” according to multiple reports.
“The Inland Empire’s role as a global logistics hub has led to increased rates of cardiac, respiratory, and reproductive health impacts, as well as cancers, related to truck emissions,” states the letter, which was posted Jan. 24 on www.scribd.com.
The groups are asking for multiple changes from Sacramento, including a halt of one to two years on all warehouse development, requiring reductions in pollutants once a project is complete, and providing financial help to neighborhoods hurt by an industrial project.
Newsom has reportedly not responded to the letter.
My family lives near many of the warehouses in Moreno Valley. 5 to 15 minutes away from our home. There are no towers of smoke or fumes, there is not much dust. The builders seem to take pride in that aspect of the job. They even invite people to call & report the dist.
The warehouses have brought many well paying jobs to what was once considered a bedroom community. There is no need to stop building warehouses in our town.
I’m a lyft driver who drives many of the wherehouse workers to their jobs. They all say they like their job and the pay is good. Why would you want to stop that.