Stop Neptune Society From Operating in East Oakland!
For over two years residents have fought a proposal from the Neptune Society to build a mega-crematorium with the capacity to burn up to 3600 bodies in East Oakland. This community is already over-burdened by pollution and pollution-related diseases like cancer and asthma, in addition to high rates of poverty, unemployment and death from violence.
CBE, residents, and allies have fought this proposed crematorium on a number of fronts, including the legal front. After the City Planning Department issued a permit to Neptune with no Conditional Use Permit, the City Council has passed an Emergency Ordinance (EO) requiring Conditional Use Permits for crematoriums. The Neptune Society sued the City of Oakland, claiming the EO is invalid. The Oakland Planning Department’s discriminatory application of zoning laws and permitting practices, and the risk that Neptune might win the case, compelled CBE to file our own lawsuit against the City of Oakland.
By sending the petition below, you are saying that a project of this type and scale must have public notice and environmental review. East Oakland residents have the right to know how Neptune’s project will affect their children’s health. Or is the right to know only reserved for the affluent neighborhoods of Oakland?! If Neptune respected the health of East Oakland residents it would do an environmental impact review. The City must protect all residents from environmental toxins in the air we breathe.