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Petition to California State House, California State Senate, California Governor, Ben Allen, Steven Bradford, Al Muratsuchi, Joe Buscaino, Dr. Clark Parker Sr., William Burke

Take Action to ban hydrofluoric acid in CA refineries - Please FWD

As a critical and time-sensitive public safety issue, we call on California lawmakers to vote in favor of AB 1645 and AQMD Board Members to adopt Rule 1410 to BAN and REPLACE MHF and HF alkylation at California refineries. We recommend a deadline of 2022 for elimination of MHF/HF alkylation, to be replaced with an alternative of the refinery’s choice. Commercially available options include sulfuric acid, ionic liquid, and solid acid catalyst. The industry is mounting massive lobbying and PR campaigns to thwart both efforts. Don’t listen to the industry’s misleading economic scare tactics. The community must rise up to show massive support for AB 1645 and Rule 1410. If we do, we can win this battle. We survived the Torrance refinery shut down; a MHF transition should be shorter and have less impact. After signing this petition visit to send letters of support to the SCAQMD board and CA legislators and sign up for TRAA’s twice-a-month newsletter to COORDINATE with us and follow the news. For a lawn sign, write to You can donate online at “LIKE” Torrance Refinery Action Alliance on Facebook and like and share our posts.  Learn more on the website. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. Come to a TRAA meeting to work with your neighbors on this cause, the 1st and 3rd Monday each month (except holidays) 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sizzler 2880 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance. Back room. Or email to offer help. ALERT: This affects residents in Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena, Carson, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Wilmington, L.A., Lomita, Rolling Hills, San Pedro, Palos Verdes Estates, West Rancho Dominguez, and Long Beach, California. BACKGROUND During the February 18, 2015 explosion at the Torrance refinery, a flying 80,000 lb. piece of equipment slammed down at 60 MPH just 5 ft. from a tank with 50,000 lb. of modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF). Federal safety officials say the surrounding communities "dodged a bullet.” The Chemical Safety Board says that accident could have been catastrophic.  One of the world’s most dangerous industrial chemicals, hydrofluoric acid (HF), is used in massive quantities in only two California refineries, Torrance and the Valero in Wilmington. The eight other CA refineries with alkylation units use a much safer alternative — sulfuric acid. HF refineries claim an additive mixed in with the HF makes it safe. But with only one or two additive molecules per hundred molecules of MHF, it’s too little to make a difference. “Modified” HF (MHF) is just as deadly as HF. If released, it forms a ground-hugging cloud that can drift for miles, causing death and injury. The refineries’ other mitigation measures, like water sprays and barriers, are also ineffective. Mass casualties can result from an MHF release — wind direction determines who dies.  The US EPA has conducted a preliminary investigation into MHF The AQMD has reviewed innumerable technical documents from the refineries. (Chart 5,   Both this preliminary EPA inspection report and the initial AQMD staff recommendations were that MHF risk is assumed identical to HF risk. The US Chemical Safety Board and Department of Justice have sued ExxonMobil to get proprietary information on MHF.  The 2015 accident could have created an HF plume large enough to cause 16 miles of serious irreversible injuries. Death would be possible within the first 8 miles. In 2015 the air was moving to the WSW so the plume would have headed out to sea. People would have died all the way to the Redondo Beach pier. Twenty three schools lie within the main debris field left by the explosion. Even if emergency systems kept 90% of the tank’s acid from escaping, the remaining 5,000 lb. acid plume would have been large enough to kill people nearly all the way to the beach. The EPA's, CSB’s, and AQMD’s MHF investigations are due to activism and scientific sleuthing by local residents, who joined forces in the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA). Local scientists on our Advisory Panel discovered MHF is over 98% HF by molecule count and behaves exactly like HF at normal refinery operating temperatures and pressures. The industry has been lying to us for 27 years. MHF is no safer than HF. Yet, industry is still lying.  It’s up to us, the residents. The South Bay must not accept the status of “sacrifice zone” to benefit PBF in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington, or to avoid a short one-time disruption during the transition. How much are more than a half-million Californians worth?  See our website to write to legislators and AQMD board members.  You can also call or fax! California Governor Jerry Brown Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160 email: California State Senator Ben Allen  Capitol Office (916) 651-4026 District Office (310) 318-6994 email California State Senator Steven Bradford  Capitol Office (916) 651-4035 District Office (310) 514-8573 email California State Assembly Al Muratsuchi Capitol office (916) 319-2066 District Office (310) 375-0691 email:  

9,369 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Carlos Chacon, Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Save the Las Vegas Alternative Fuel Permit program

In the City of Las Vegas - there are 1000s of people who are dependent on the electric charging stations at City Hall Parking and surrounding areas. People commute everyday from all over to work who depend on these chargers to get home. This year, I bought an electric car as a project to start a car sharing program EVLV - that is dedicated to getting Electric Vehicles in the hands of those who cannot afford to buy one - but would benefit from access.  The Alternative Fuel program helps its users so much with costs of owning an electric vehicle with incentives like "Free Parking" at all the meters around the city, Free Charging for users at city hall (24 hr access). This has helped tremendously because I know that even though I made the decision to invest money in Electric upfront - the possibilities of the long term benefits are endless. The city supplements this program by charging the users a small fee of $20 a year to maintain the program in accordance with the easement agreement with NV energy. Recently the city has gone in a different direction - decided to partner with an alternative partner and small business to put independent solar charging stations around the city. While this is progressive and is positive - canceling the already in place Alternative Fuel program is a step backwards.  Please join me and the 1000s of users who depend on this program to commute to work and help impact the environment of Las Vegas and the world to help save this program and show that we NEED this program to survive. I am one voice - but with your signature we can keep moving forward and continue to making a stride to help the city and its users see the benefits of clean energy.  

Chad Wilson
55 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Tell Congress: Focus On Growing the Economy, Not Drilling In the Arctic Wilderness

One of the wildest places left in America is being threatened again. Congress wants to let oil and gas companies drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to pay for the cost of its misguided tax reform package. At the same time, Congress is also trying to eliminate tax credits for the clean energy industry – which employs more than 3 million workers across America. Congress created the Arctic Refuge in 1980 as the nation’s largest wildland. It barred oil and gas drilling there because there isn’t a more unique or more natural place left in our country By turning this iconic wilderness over to oil and gas companies, while simultaneously changing tax codes to impose more obstacles on the solar, wind and energy efficiency companies, Congress is picking winners and losers and gambling with the public lands that we all own. Ultimately, we’ll all end up losing. Clean energy industries now employ more Americans than fossil fuels. Solar and wind jobs projected to be the fastest-growing occupations in the country over the next decade. Staying shackled to oil is bad for our economy and our environment, beginning in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Join E2 and sign your name on this petition telling Congress to get its priorities straight. Lawmakers need to know that selling off America’s public lands to petroleum companies while hamstringing clean energy and the millions of jobs that come with it isn’t what Americans want.

E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs)
981 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Tell Congress Clean Energy Jobs Are Not Bargaining Chips

Changing the tax code should not mean sacrificing American competitiveness, innovation and the incredible growth in clean energy jobs, currently helping to bolster our economy. Yet the tax reform legislation Congress is considering right now could seriously damage the jobs in solar, wind and energy efficiency – putting our future and the jobs of 3 million Americans at risk.  We cannot pay for tax breaks for the rich with the jobs of million of folks working in clean energy. Please sign this petition to tell Congress: Wind and Solar Energy: Do not repeal or change the previous agreement to extend and phase-out the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar energy and the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy.  Tax Equity Markets: Preserve the most common way of financing lean energy projects worth billions to state economies and millions of jobs by changing the current base erosion anti-abuse tax (BEAT) language in the bill and giving clean energy developers time to plan.  Other Renewables: Honor the previous agreement to extend the ITC deal to other clean energy technologies like geothermal energy and fuel cells. Energy Efficiency: Reinstate energy efficiency tax credits that support millions of jobs in construction and manufacturing Do not repeal an electric vehicle tax credit that saves consumers money at the pump and encourages innovation for American car makers Renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors create American jobs that cannot be shipped overseas. They save money for consumers and businesses alike. They drive innovation and competitiveness in our economy. Join E2 and help us tell Congress that America’s 3 million clean energy jobs are not bargaining chips to help pay for its misguided tax reform package. Lawmakers need to know that any legislation aimed at growing jobs and expanding business opportunities must include policies that provide certainty for these growing industries.

E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs)
2,364 supporters