The West County Toxics Coalition (WCTC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), multi-racial membership organization founded in 1986 to empower low and moderate-income residents to exercise greater control over environmental problems that impact their quality of life in County Costa County, particularly West Contra Costa County (West County), in Northern California.
The residents of Contra Costa County are faced with an ongoing struggle to eliminate the prevalence of environmental hazards resulting from the release of toxic chemicals by various industries in the area.
The programs of WCTC empower residents, particularly those living in West County and the City of Richmond, to become actively involved in the development and implementation of environmental justice policies and programs that affect their communities.
The August 2012 Chevron refinery fire in Richmond sent 15,000 to the hospital. The West County Toxics Coalition has been working to gain protections from another refinery explosion or fire.