“Modified” hydrofluoric acid (MHF) is a dangerous industrial chemical used in massive quantities in only two California refineries, Torrance and Valero, Wilmington. If released, it forms a ground-hugging cloud that can drift for miles, causing death and injury. The refineries’ other mitigation measures, like water sprays and barriers, are also ineffective. Mass casualties can result from an MHF release — wind direction determines who dies.
WHAT’S BEING DONE
For decades, the South Bay has battled the refineries’ all-too-successful campaign to keep using MHF rather than converting to a much safer process, such as is used at Chevron in El Segundo and the other California refineries. Following the massive Torrance refinery explosion in February 2015, which nearly released 50,000 lb of MHF, investigations by TRAA and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board uncovered the true threat MHF poses. Now, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is considering Rule 1410 to require MHF/HF replacement with a safer alternative at both refineries. But industry is fighting back with well-financed campaigns.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Email the SCAQMD Board members demanding a strong Rule 1410 to Phase-Out MHF in 4 years. We’ve made it easy–just click here to find out how.
IN THE NEWS
May 18, 2019
We are having a “mini teach-in” for all of you who have been getting mailings of the newsletter etc. over the last 4 years. A lot has been happening in the battle against them HF. Some good some not so good.Bring your questions and will give you lots of “insider” information – bring a neighbor who may be worried about the refinery closing, or a concerned parent, whose child attends a school in the path of MHF – whatever the questions or comments may be, we want to hear them!
For more information, please click here.
April 5, 2019
The Los Angeles County Department of Health has sent a letter to the South Coast Air Quality Management District urging the phase out of MHF as soon as possible. Angelo Bellomo, the county deputy director for health protection stated in a letter that a large scale release of MHF “would have potentially catastrophic impacts on surrounding communities.” For more information, read the Daily Breeze article by clicking here.