Safety is also a major concern — as some of these companies have had major fires, with big plumes of toxic smoke. There have been at least two incidents (Sims in 2007 and Granite Rock a few months ago) in just the past five years alone.
Silicon Valley needs to be able to ship materials — we need metal recycling, cement and other building materials. Without those industries we would have a hard time building our cities.
Currently these port industries are far from housing. If housing is built next door, then those people will be exposed to that dust and other hazards and then they will be demanding to close down the industries. Just look to Cupertino, where residents who live next to a 100-year old cement plant are trying to shut it down. This problem is avoidable: Don't put housing next to heavy industry.
Matt Sweeney, Los Altos
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