Make Your Voice Heard
- Sign our online petition here.
Contact South Coast Air Quality Management District
Thank SCAQMD Governing Board member Judy Mitchell and Wayne Nastri, Acting Executive Officer, for acting in the interest of public safety. Let the AQMD know you support Rule 1410, want the rule making process accelerated, and will accept nothing less than a MHF/HF ban by January 1, 2020.
- Public Relations <PublicAdvisor@aqmd.gov>, (909-396-3122)
- AQMD Torrance contact: Tina Cox <TCOX@aqmd.gov>, (909-396-3233)
- SCAQMD’s Revised Rule and Control Measure Forecast, December 2017. <http://bit.ly/2jcVTCg>
Contact your Elected Officials
Call, email, or write to your elected officials to demand that they support a ban on hydrofluoric acid (HF) and modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF) no later than January 1, 2020. They should support SCAQMD’s proposed Rule 1410 with accelerated rule making. Additionally, urge officials to start public information campaigns on the dangers of MHF and hold community drills to prepare for an MHF release should one occur before a ban is put in place.
These officials represent districts threatened by MHF at the Torrance Refining Company and/or Valero Wilmington refinery:
- Torrance Mayor Pat Furey and Torrance City Council
- California State Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi – Representing the 66th Assembly District
- California State Senator Steven Bradford – Representing the 35th Senate District
- United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters – Representing California’s 43rd Congressional District
- United States Senator Kamala Harris
- United States Senator Dianne Feinstein
- Governor Jerry Brown
- United States Congressman Ted Lieu – Representing California’s 33rd Congressional District
- United States Congresswoman Nanette Barragan – Representing California’s 44th Congressional District
- California State Senator Ben Allen – Representing the 36th Senate District
- California State Assembly Member Autumn Burke – Representing the 62nd Assembly District
- Calfornia State Assembly Member Mike Gipson – Representing the 64th Assembly District
Submit a Letter to the Editor
The following South Bay and Los Angeles newspapers accept Letters to the Editor:
- Daily Breeze – Email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Limit your submission to 150 words, include your name, home community and daytime phone number for confirmation. Letters are subject to editing.
- Los Angeles Times – Submit your letter via this online form.
- Beach Reporter – Submit your letter via this online form.
- Easy Reader – Email your letter to email@example.com
Speak at a Torrance City Council Meeting
Attend a Torrance City Council meeting to give a 3-minute comment. Show up at 6:30 if possible to sign in for comments.
Torrance City Council Meetings
Every Tuesday at 7:00pm
Torrance City Hall, 3031 Torrance Bl. Torrance, CA 90503
Here are general guidelines for comments. Demand that the city:
- Acknowledge MHF dangers are equivalent to HF’s. Stop making discredited safety claims.
- Create MHF specific community emergency plans for a MHF release at the refinery and from trucks on our streets. Conduct practice drills with the community in every area.
- Conduct an accurate education campaign on MHF risks as visible as the coyote campaign.
- Advocate with the state and SCAQMD for a MHF/HF ban at Torrance and Valero Wilmington.
- Unite with neighboring cities discuss legal strategy, tactics, and fight together for a ban.
- Work with neighboring cities to extend the range of the siren and warning systems to be clearly audible seven miles from the alkylation unit. A sectored system is needed.
- Discuss a Torrance Chemical Review Board ordinance to control hazardous materials.
Unite with Neighboring Cities
Speak at City Council/Neighborhood Council meetings at any city in the greater South Bay to inform them of the danger. Ask them to:
- Officially support a ban on MHF/HF by the SCAQMD or the California legislature.
- Conduct a community information campaign educating residents about the dangers of MHF.
- Plan and practice emergency drills in the community to prepare for an MHF release.
A partial list of cities and neighborhoods threatened by MHF includes: Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Lawndale, Gardena, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Carson, Compton, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Long Beach, and neighborhoods of Los Angeles near the Valero Wilmington refinery such as Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, and San Pedro.
City Council Member Information for:
Mayor Bill Brand
Councilmember, District 1 Nils Nehrenheim
Councilmember, District 2 Todd Loewenstein
Councilmember, District 3 Christian Horvath
Councilmember, District 4 John Gran
Councilmember, District 5 and Mayor Pro Tem Laura Emdee
Mayor David Lesser
Mayor Pro Tem Amy Howorth
Councilmember Steve Napolitano
Councilmember Nancy Hersman
Councilmember Richard Montgomery
Mayor Justin Massey
Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Duclos
Councilmember Hany Fangary
Councilmember Stacey Armato
Councilmember Carolyn Petty
Come to a Meeting and Stay Connected
TRAA is a democratic grassroots organization with no outside funding or agenda, up against a powerful industry. The community must launch a strong effort to convince (force, really) government and regulators to eliminate MHF/HF from the refinery by Jan. 1, 2020. Work with us, even if only for a couple of hours a week.
Every first and third Monday of the month
6:00 to 7:45pm
Sizzler Restaurant, 2880 Sepulveda Bl. Torrance, CA 90505
Our group meets in the meeting room in the back of the restaurant
Please join our email list and Like our Facebook Page to stay informed and find out how you can be involved in our efforts. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org: make connections, get educated, help plan, coordinate, and launch efforts to be carried from our homes and our neighborhoods. The time bomb that is 250,000 lb. MHF is ticking away.
Get the Word Out
Please “like,” comment on, and share every one of TRAA’s Facebook posts. Typically we have 2-4 per week. Most people don’t know MHF exists. Others have been told by Torrance that (1) MHF “remains on” or “falls to” the ground, and (2) no accident will ever happen, and (3) if it did, emergency systems would keep us safe. Our Facebook posts, taken together, build a coherent argument backed by scientific evidence that none of those claims are correct. Sharing posts with the facts about MHF helps all of us to better understand the issues and spreads word to others. Please also share this website.
We Give Presentations
If you are interested in learning more, or if you are part of an organization in the South Bay that you want us to speak to, email us at email@example.com. We give presentations to homeowners associations, nonprofits, environmental groups, school groups/PTAs, Chambers of Commerce, and other organizations to raise awareness about hydrofluoric acid.