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CONTACT: Kerry Townsend Jacob, 310-806-0893
“Yet another flare-up at the refinery is just not acceptable for the people who live in Torrance," said Al Muratsuchi candidate for Assembly for the 66th District, which includes Torrance. “The refinery’s use of the highly toxic modified hydrofluoric acid, a chemical that if accidentally released could threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Bay residents, is of great concern. That’s why I am calling for a ban on the use of modified hydrofluoric acid. This dangerous chemical does not belong in a residential community like Torrance. We need to find safer alternatives to this chemical."
Al Muratsuchi’s six-point Torrance Refinery Safety plan is listed below:
1. Ban the use of highly toxic Modified Hydrofluoric Acid. Work with the Torrance refinery, refinery workers, and the City of Torrance to transition to safer alternative technology.
2. Install real-time air quality monitors surrounding the Torrance Refinery and provide real-time data to South Bay residents to monitor toxic chemicals and emissions.
3. Install and regularly test an effective alarm system capable of warning South Bay residents of accidents or potentially harmful events at the Torrance Refinery.
4. Update the Community Disaster Preparedness Plan to include a potential Modified Hydrofluoric Acid release, and ensure that local schools, hospitals, elderly care facilities, playing fields, and other areas where people congregate regularly review and practice the plan. Educate local residents on the dangers of Modified Hydrofluoric Acid and how to deal with a release.
5. Form a Torrance refinery community advisory panel to focus on disaster preparedness, community education, and resident input and concerns.
6. Work with the Torrance refinery, refinery workers, and City of Torrance to ensure that the jobs and economic benefits of the refinery continue to benefit Torrance and the South Bay.
Muratsuchi represented the 66th Assembly District from 2012 to 2014, and is widely considered the number one priority and opportunity for state Assembly leadership to regain a Democratic seat. Muratsuchi has lived in the South Bay for the past twenty years with his wife and daughter. He is a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, a former Torrance School Board member, and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and UCLA School of Law.