Press Conference on 5th Anniversary of Torrance Refinery Explosion


TRAA activists hosted a press conference on Saturday, February 15, 2020 to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Torrance Refinery explosion. It was a terrific day for TRAA and the campaign to Ban HF.

Some of the notables about the morning:

  • Approximately 100 people filled the room
  • Many signed up for areas to help or donated to the effort
  • We had press coverage from channel 2 (CBS), channel 7 (ABC), Univision, at least one college newspaper, an article in the Daily Breeze
  • Terrific speakers (including representatives of Janice Hahn and Maxine Waters and for community partners (Coalition for Clean Air, Sierra Club, FLARE, and Indivisible.)
  • A well organized flow created by Jim and Jane that included the wonderful videos and the terrific message from Daniel Horowitz
  • Terrific exhibits by Donna on the history of the battle against HF, and the map by Mara with the great idea of pins where people liv

There was great energy provided by all the people who attended. We have segmented the video of the event into short, watchable segments and have provided previews below:

Press Conference Introduction–Steve Goldsmith

Press Conference Campaign to Initiate State Investigation–Jane Affonso and Jim Eninger, PhD

Press Conference Video Presentation by Dr. Daniel Horowitz, Former Managing Director, U.S. Chemical Safety Board

Press Conference Comments by Community Leaders

Press Conference Public Comments and Closing Remarks