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Together, Let's
Keep Benicia Safe
& Healthy


Video credit: SF Baykeeper


A Message from the BISHO Working Group

Did you know that from at least 2003 through 2022 Valero emitted cancer-causing benzene and other toxic gasses into Benicia’s air, typically hundreds of times higher than levels permitted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, without informing the City or its citizens? This is just one of many documented, serious offenses and violations Valero has committed – including additional extensive, ongoing, decade-long violations we learned late last year (2023)! 

Did you know that the Valero facility is the only refinery in the Bay Area that is not governed by an industrial safety ordinance (ISO), a law that can protect a community’s health and safety?  Do you think we’ve waited long enough for Benicia to have an ISO?

Do you think we’ve waited long enough for Benicia to have an ISO? Read more.


Our Mission

Empower the community through education and advocacy

Improve industrial safety and health practices in Benicia

Promote community involvement in decision-making

What is an ISO?

Why do we want one for Benicia?

What would be in it?

A model Industrial Safety Ordinance (ISO) for Benicia would stand, now and in the future, as an advanced, effective, enforceable oversight tool for local government and the public, with the primary aim to improve community safety and health in relation to operational and management performance and safety culture practices at major polluting industrial facilities located within Benicia’s jurisdiction.


​But what should actually be in a "model ISO?"

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We are concerned citizens who are interested in keeping Benicia safer and healthier by adopting an Industrial Safety Ordinance (ISO). We support the adoption of the Benicia Industrial Safety and Health Ordinance  (BISHO) that would help prevent accidents, allow us to receive more complete and timelier information, hold local industries accountable, and give our City a "seat at the table," in line with all other Bay Area Communities with refineries.

The BISHO working group recognizes that we are all busy and overstretched, but you can make a positive impact on our work with just a few clicks. Even agreeing to be an anonymous supporter can make a huge difference in the BISHO movement.
Please fill out the form. There, you can sign up for our mailing list so you can be receive the occasional update on major developments. All levels of engagement are deeply welcome.

Thank you! 


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Thank you for standing up for Benicia's health and safety!

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