Sims Metal to host town hall to discuss Jan. 30 fire

Sims Metal to host town hall to discuss Jan. 30 fire
Nevin Community Center.

Sims Metal Management is holding a town hall on Wednesday, Feb. 7 in order to have a conversation with residents about the Jan. 30 fire at its Richmond metal recycling facility.

Sims Metal Regional President Steve Shinn is set to attend the town hall, which will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin Ave. Registration is not required. Residents will learn current information about the fire and have an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns, according to city and company officials.

On Tuesday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said it issued Sims Metal a public nuisance violation and an illegal open burning violation in connection with the fire that burned for about 11 hours at 600 S. 4th St. The fire sent up plumes of black smoke and prompted shelter-in-place orders in area neighborhoods due to the poor air quality.

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Image posted by Mariana Hdez to the Richmond Standard Facebook page.

Air quality tests during the fire revealed elevated levels of the carcinogen benzene and smoke particulates near the fire scene and by an air monitor near Point Richmond, according to Contra Costa Health Services.

“The Air District is continuing to investigate this incident for all potential air quality violations in collaboration with Contra Costa County Health Services and other agencies,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District. 

Fines and penalties are under review and will be levied on a future date, according to the air district.


  1. I’m concerned weather Simms’ was in violation(s), for storage of certain device (s), ie, commododites, or other items, not permitted. What burns with metals?