Palos Verdes-South Bay Sierra Club

Category: Pollution


What Lies Beneath

Decades of legal and illegal dumping off the Palos Verdes coast have left a toxic legacy.

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Virtual Social Hour: International Bird Rescue, July 25th

The oily bird gets the care.

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Toxic Clouds on the Horizon; The HF Threat Continues

This time it’s in Texas.

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What Is Environmental Justice, And Why Should I Care?

The link between minority housing and higher rates of pollution was not established by chance.

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Will the State Budget Affect Environmental Justice for the South Bay?

How are environmental inequities, particularly those resulting from pollution in and around the Port of L.A., addressed in the proposed state budget?

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Garbage In, Global Warming Out: Can We Disrupt the Flow?

L.A. County has taken a step toward reducing the greenhouse gas given off by food waste by processing to generate electricity, but the problem is far from solved.

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Links of Interest

The Forest Committee of Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter launches a series of programs on wildfire Annals of a warming planet: The West Coast wildfires are Apocalypse, Again. The New Yorker Severe burn damage from California wildfires seen from space. Live…

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Racism, Covid-19 and Oil Drilling Are Conected

By Melanie Cohen, Conservation Co-Chair California has long produced some of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive crude oil in the world, with operations taking place dangerously close to homes, schools, hospitals and other sensitive sites. Proximity to oil development is associated…

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Trump Administration’s Current Assault On Environmental Laws

By Dave Wiggins, Al Sattler and Steve Dillow For several months, the attention of America’s citizens, and its press, has been focused in large part on the Covid-19 pandemic now sweeping the world, and the dramatic impact it has had…

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They’ve Been at It Since the Beginning, But We’re Fighting Back

The Trump administration’s scrapping of environmental regulations didn’t just start this year. They’ve been at it since Day One. The Brookings Institution tracks the administration’s attacks on the regulations that keep us safe: https://www.brookings.edu/interactives/tracking-deregulation-in-the-trump-era/ But there’s some hopeful news: Sierra…

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Plastic Icebergs: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

By Frank Atkin, Outings Co-Chair As if the novel coronavirus weren’t enough, there’s another invisible enemy lurking off our shores. Five giant spiral currents or “gyres” in oceans around the globe sweep in and trap floating debris. The largest gyre…

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Strike a Blow Against Plastic Pollution

Reduce and reuse, because recycling is broken. BYOB   Bring your own bottle — not necessarily booze. Carry your own filtered tap water so you can politely turn down offers of water in plastic bottles from friends and business associates.  Bring…

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Links of Interest: Plastics Edition

Living without Plastic: One Family’s Journey. L.A. Times How to Eat Less Plastic. Consumer Reports The Ugly Truth Steve Lopez Learned at his Recycling Center. L.A. Times Tips for Using Less Plastic. Green Education Foundation How I Cut Back on…

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Paddle out Plastic

By Eva Cicoria What comes to mind when you think of a port?  Boats, barges, cargo, cranes?   What about sea life?  In LA Harbor, as I’ve discovered over years kayaking there, you’ll find

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AQMD Bows to Industry, Says No HF Ban

On June 22, the AQMD Refinery Committee voted 3-2 to allow tons of toxic volatile hydrogen fluoride (HF) to remain at two local refineries, Torrance PBF and Wilmington Valero. The refineries will add more water sprays, pumps, sensors, and video…

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Links of Interest

The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Republican-controlled refinery committee voted 3-2 to support an industry-backed alternative. Los Angeles Times Bald eagle chick webcam Daily News The clean cars you don’t see in TV ads Daily News

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Public Health Dept Supports Banning MHF at Refineries

By Steve Dillow, Conservation Committe Co-Chair On April 2, the LA County Department of Public Health sent a letter to the SCAQMD urging them to phase out MHF as soon as possible. This public agency offered the following conclusion:

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Cadiz Plan Threatens Desert Wildlife and South Bay Drinking Water

By John Monsen, Angeles Chapter Water Committee Cadiz, Inc. is a corporate water speculator proposing one of the most destructive projects ever conceived for our Southern California deserts. Defying logic and ignoring the damage it would cause, Cadiz plans to…

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Deadly MHF: David v. Goliath

By Steve Goldsmith, TRAA   The campaign to remove Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) from two South Bay refineries took a new turn at the Feb. 1 Southern Calif. Air Quality Management (SCAQMD) Board meeting. Been following this David-and-Goliath baLle? Then you…

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Join Us to Halt the Toxic Threat

By Al Sattler, Group Chair A crucial meeting of the AQMD Board will be held Friday morning Feb. 1 in Diamond Bar.  We need as many people as possible to attend this meeting to tell the board that we want…

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Children’s Wishes and Community Action Make Wishing Tree Park a Reality

By Florence Gharibian, Del Amo Action Committee For as long as they could remember, the children passed the trees in wooden boxes in the alley. The tree in the middle was their favorite: the “Wishing Tree.”  For years the children…

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A Park’s Transformational Power

By Al Sattler, Group Chair “Today, kids spend less time outside than prison inmates…” Imagine living without any park nearby, surrounded by Superfund sites and industrial facilities.  That has been the life of thousands of people living between Normandie and Vermont,…

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Help Safeguard our Neighborhoods from Deadly Hydrofluoric Acid!

AQMD Refinery Committee meeting 9 a.m., Sat., Sept. 22, Wilmington Middle School,1700 Gulf Ave, Wilmington.  There will be a special meeting of the AQMD Refinery Committee Sept. 22, to develop a regulation that we hope will phase out use of…

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Cut Smog!

By Al Sattler, Group Chair Smoking Car, smoking truck, refinery flare, neighborhood stink! Who Ya Gonna Call? 1 (800) CUT SMOG ! To report an air pollution problem (except a skunk), 800-CUT SMOG will connect you to the South Coast…

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Will the AQMD save us from dangerous hydrofluoric acid?

  By Melanie Cohen and Al Sattler Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is continuing to work to develop a Rule 1410, to regulate dangerous hydrofluoric acid in South Bay refineries. Since April 2017, they have been holding public hearings and…

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