Environment & Animal Welfare

"In California, I was honored to coauthor AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act.  But it’s clear to me that to solve climate change, we need America to do what California has done, and then for America to get other countries to do what California has done.  That’s why my first piece of legislation in Congress was the Climate Solutions Act of 2015: a bold, innovative plan to energize investment in green energy technology, set strong renewable energy standards and slash the carbon pollution that is damaging our planet."


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March 12, 2017 In The News

With each passing Torrance refinery blast, fire, hydrofluoric acid leak, crane collapse, power outage or smoke-belching emergency flare, calls have grown for measures to make the plant safer.

February 20, 2017 In The News

Smog regulators said they are "very disappointed" with repeated explosions and fires at the Torrance Refining Company, and announced plans for a hearing to investigate smog coming from a series of explosions at the gasoline refinery.

February 19, 2017 In The News

Concerned about repeated problems at the PBF Energy-owned oil refinery in Torrance in the aftermath of a weekend fire, the region’s pollution-control agency said Sunday it plans to conduct a community hearing to get to the bottom of things.

February 18, 2017 In The News

Torrance firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire Saturday morning at the Torrance Refining Co. complex.

Three dozen firefighters were dispatched to the refinery about 6 a.m. after getting reports of an explosion. They extinguished the blaze within a half hour, said Torrance Fire Capt. Robert Millea. City officials later issued an alert saying that there was “no offsite impact.” 

State and county health officials were also at the site, Millea said.

February 18, 2017 In The News

On a day when activists marked the two-year anniversary of an explosion that rocked the then-ExxonMobil refinery and showered neighborhoods with industrial debris, another fire erupted at the troubled Torrance plant early Saturday.

“Another fire? Really?” read one of the signs carried by chanting marchers who endured a steady downpour to protest the use of toxic hydrofluoric acid at the refinery. Organizers estimated the crowd size at more than 400.

February 11, 2017 In The News

It’s been nearly two years since Nadia Levine fielded the frantic calls — the first one from her husband, the next from a coworker.

Panicked, Levine dialed both her children’s schools as she scrolled down the front page of CNN.com on Feb. 18, 2015. A fire raged blocks away from the Torrance, California, home her family had moved into only a month before. On a business trip nearly 3,000 miles away in Connecticut, Levine scrambled to find numbers for neighbors who could check to see whether the house was still standing.

January 24, 2017 Press Release


WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding the news that President Trump has banned employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from posting on social media and speaking to the press.

January 18, 2017 Press Release


WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding a proposed ban of highly dangerous hydrofluoric acid by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

January 12, 2017 In The News

A Massachusetts judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to submit 40 years of documents regarding the company’s studies of the impact of fossil fuels on climate change.

Superior Court Judge Heidi E. Brieger said state law supports arguments by Massachusetts’ attorney general that the government agency has the authority to pursue questions about whether Exxon Mobil misled the public about the role fossil fuels play in climate change.

January 11, 2017 Press Release


WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on the confirmation hearing of Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of State: