On Saturday, February 18th, we are marching to the Torrance Refinery to take a stand for the health and safety of our communities.
Torrance Refining Company and Valero’s Wilmington Refinery are the only California refineries that use Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) and “Modified” Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF). Exposure to HF can lead to irreversible organ damage, deep tissue damage, and death. Two years ago, the Exxon Mobil explosion in Torrance missed one of these MHF tanks by only a few feet.
We strongly support the heroic community efforts made by the grassroots groups Torrance Refinery Action Alliance and FLARE.. They have kept the public informed and performed a public service calling attention to the many dangers of the Torrance Refinery. Banning the use of MHF at these refineries is a critical first step in addressing the toxic dangers of the refinery. HF and MHF are among the most toxic substances on the planet, and it must be banned immediately.
MHF is just one of the many toxic chemicals that must be banned to ensure the health and safety of nearby communities and the men and women who work at the Torrance Refinery. This entire refinery is filled with dangerous pollutants and toxic chemicals that threaten our health and safety. This pollution is already causing daily harm to our health, especially among children and the elderly.
Every minute this refinery is in operation, it is emitting greenhouse gases at unsafe levels that cannot be alleviated. The climate crisis is accelerating and can only be mitigated by phasing out fossil fuels and switching to renewable energy. This is why we support a plan that calls for phasing out the use of fossil fuel refineries.
The only way to guarantee the health and safety of the community is by phasing out this refinery and embracing a renewable energy economy that benefits both workers and the community. The only question is: How soon can it happen?
Please join us as we march and rally for the health and safety of our communities.
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