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Lies Cost Lives

Millions living in the vicinity of two South Bay refineries are at risk from massive amounts of highly toxic hydrogen fluoride.

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Mitigation measures won’t stop deadly HF, says Chemical Safety Board

The SCAQMD failed the community too, but there’s still hope By Steve Dillow, Conservation Co-Chair Following the June explosion at a Philadelphia refinery, which caused it to permanently close, our local refinery spokesman bragged that it proved that their mitigation…

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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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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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AQMD Committee Says, “Ban MHF” — Maybe

By Steve Dillow, Conservation Co-Chair In the Southern California Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Refinery Committee meeting on Sept. 22, several experts supported the view that “modified” hydrofluoric acid (MHF) is no safer than unaltered HF, and that the mitigation…

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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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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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Sierra Club Joins with Refinery Action Alliance

Two Action Opportunities: Saturday, January 20, 2018 SCAQMD Refinery Workshop/Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 Rally. Show that you care about our community safety! Show that you want to get toxic HF/MHF out of our community, out of the refineries!

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What You Can Do for Refinery Safety

By Steve Dillow PV-SB Group Conservation Co-Chair “We were really, really lucky… [This explosion was] a near miss…It could have been much more catastrophic… If I were in the community I absolutely would be concerned.” – US Chemical Safety Board…

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Refineries Put South Bay at Risk

Learn What You Can Do on July 26 By Steve Dillow, Conservation Co-Chair Accidents and explosions continue to plague the Torrance Refinery. Because that refinery and the Valero facility in Wilmington use the highly toxic and volatile chemical MHF, a…

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