ADVISORY: U.S. CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD TO HOST TORRANCE PUBLIC MEETING WITH CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU AND CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS TO PRESENT ON EXXONMOBIL REFINERY INVESTIGATION

January 7, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADVISORY:
U.S. CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD TO HOST TORRANCE PUBLIC MEETING
WITH CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU AND CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS
TO PRESENT ON EXXONMOBIL REFINERY INVESTIGATION

WHO:
U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Congressman Ted Lieu, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Torrance Refinery Action Alliance, California Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
California Environmental Protection Agency, Western States Petroleum Association, United Steelworkers, and Blue Green Alliance.

WHAT:
Public Meeting on ExxonMobil Refinery Investigation
WHERE:
Torrance City Hall Chambers

WHEN:
January 13, 2016 | 5:00pm

On January 13, 2016, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will host a public meeting at the Torrance City Hall with Congressman Ted Lieu and Congresswoman Maxine Waters to discuss the preliminary findings of the CSB investigation into the safety violations at ExxonMobil’s Torrance refinery.  The meeting will feature CSB investigators and representatives from the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance, California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA), California Environmental Protection Agency, Western States Petroleum Association, United Steelworkers (USW), and Blue Green Alliance.

Please join the CSB, Congressman Lieu and Congresswoman Waters to learn about the investigation, answer questions, and discuss what can be done to enhance the safety of our community.

Background on ExxonMobil Refinery Investigation

ExxonMobil has been under investigation since an explosion on February 18, 2015, tore through the facility and launched a major component within feet of the highly-toxic modified hydrofluoric acid (HF) tank and spread ash throughout the community.  Congressman Lieu and Congresswoman Waters formally requested a CSB investigation following the incident.  Six months later, Cal/OSHA fined ExxonMobil $566,600 with 19 separate citations, including 18 classified as “serious” and six characterized as, “willful because Cal/OSHA found that Exxon did not take action to eliminate known hazardous conditions at the refinery and intentionally failed to comply with state safety standards.”

Since the February explosion, several additional incidents have occurred at the Torrance refinery.  On September 6, the Torrance Fire Department reported a “significant incident” when a leak occurred of highly-toxic modified HF.  On October 23, a large steam cloud appeared above the refinery, the result of a leak that occurred in a pressurized eight-inch pipeline.  These incidents have underscored the dangers posed to the community by toxic chemicals, which ExxonMobil’s worst-case scenario estimates could imperil the lives of a quarter million people.

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