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environmental protection

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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 TRAASouthBay.com 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 LawnSigns@TRAASouthBay.com. You can donate online at TRAASouthBay.com. “LIKE” Torrance Refinery Action Alliance on Facebook and like and share our posts. fb.me/BanMHF  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 TRAASouthBay@gmail.org 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 http://bit.ly/2poBJro. The AQMD has reviewed innumerable technical documents from the refineries. (Chart 5, http://bit.ly/2wBHeUh)   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. http://bit.ly/2p6dPCn 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. TRAASouthBay.org  You can also call or fax! California Governor Jerry Brown Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160 email: https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/index.php California State Senator Ben Allen  Capitol Office (916) 651-4026 District Office (310) 318-6994 email http://sd26.senate.ca.gov/contact/message California State Senator Steven Bradford  Capitol Office (916) 651-4035 District Office (310) 514-8573 email http://sd35.senate.ca.gov/contact California State Assembly Al Muratsuchi Capitol office (916) 319-2066 District Office (310) 375-0691 email: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD66  

MODIFIED HYDROFLUORIC ACID RISK
9,327 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Sen. Thibodeau and Rep. Gideon Maine State Legislature

Save Frenchman Bay and Acadia National Park Maine from a Mega Cruise Ship Pier!

[ETA 3: There is more happening in this multi-faceted campaign to save Frenchman Bay than can be explained here fully. We are making great progress on several different fronts--political, legal and public awareness. The best way to keep up is to follow us at www.FriendsOfFrenchmanBay.org Please bookmark us and check in often for the most complete explanation of the current state of affairs. Some very good news!] [ETA 2: Please read our latest update "Some sad news." We will continue to make our voices heard.] [ETA: please read update entitled "Really Great News" before you sign. The Committee voted to continue the discussion on LD#1400 till January. We have time to breathe, but the fight and this petition are no less important.] The cruise ship lines have Frenchman Bay and Acadia National Park Maine in their sights for further development. They would like Bar Harbor, which is the closest town to the Park, to build a pier capable of docking two 1000' long, 200' tall cruise ships at a time. And NO environmental impact study has been done at this time.  As it is now, without a pier, 171 cruise ship visits are scheduled for 2017. 226,000 visitors. That's plenty. We are against LD 1400 in the Maine State Legislature.  It calls for the emergency establishment of a Bar Harbor Port Authority.  A port authority will enable millions of dollars in bonds to be raised in order to finance this $30-40,000,000 project.  In our opinion, development of the pier will demand more and more cruise ships to come into Frenchman Bay, to pay for this infrastructure and as a ROI. The largest cruise ships can carry up to 6,000 tourists and crews of 2000 each. The proposed pier would allow up to two mega cruise ships to dock at Bar Harbor each day, so together they could allow up to 10,000 day tripping tourists per day to land at Bar Harbor. This is in addition to existing cruise ships that already anchor in the Bay--taller than the Porcupine Islands in the Bay, that you see pictures of above. We petitioners hereby express our strongest possible opposition to a Port Authority which--in our opinion--will lead to the development of this up to 1/2 mile long mega pier in Bar Harbor.  And once again, NO environmental impact study is being done at this time. We support ecological sanity for Frenchman Bay and surrounding areas. We believe that more cruise ships would be bad for Bar Harbor businesses, bad for the physical health of Bar Harbor residents, and a national travesty for Acadia National Park, the only National Park in the entire New England region. BAD FOR BAR HARBOR BUSINESSES Large numbers of mega cruise ship day-tripping tourists flooding into Bar Harbor, MDI and Acadia National Park would cause significant disruption: traffic, noise, congestion, lines. These nuisances would result in a worse quality of tourism for the thousands of overnight tourists.  In our opinion, If mega cruise ship day tripping tourists overwhelm Bar Harbor and Acadia, overnight tourists will go elsewhere. Overnight tourists spend locally 10 times more per day than cruise ship tourists, so such cruise ships jeopardize the very lifeblood of Bar Harbor and greater Frenchman Bay: tourism. BAD FOR OUR HEALTH Mega cruise ships are like floating cities. They are significant sources of pollution, especially air pollution from the 24-hour running of electricity generators. Summer time prevailing winds would blow this pollution directly into Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. In addition, more mega cruise ships and the building of the pier would create other pollution, including noise, silt disruption from dredging, and inevitable effluent discharges. The pier will be extraordinarily brightly lit 24/7 for security purposes. In our opinion, the cruise ship industry is not necessarily well known for its ecological stewardship. Our area is well known and treasured for its Dark Skies, itself a compelling reason for many to come to the beauty that is Frenchman Bay and DownEast Maine. A NATIONAL TRAVESTY For more than 10,000 years, humans have visited the coastal edge of Frenchman Bay to gaze with awe at the beautiful island and its mountains. The United States recognized this treasure by creating Acadia National Park, the only National Park in New England. The majesty of a National Park is completely incompatible with even more mega cruise ships, a brightly lit mega pier and thousands of point-specific day tripping tourists. Would anyone favor up to 50 Boeing 757 flights per day to the rim of the Grand Canyon or El Capitan in Yosemite? That is the equivalent of two mega cruise ships docking at Bar Harbor, literally across the road from Acadia National Park. This petition asks the Maine State Legislature to reject LD 1400, whose sole purpose is to create an Emergency Port Authority so that the mega pier can be built for the cruise ship industry. And once again--NO environmental impact study has been done in advance. Thank you for your support in signing our letter. We know so many of you treasure your moments at Acadia National Park and DownEast Maine.

Sarah Steinhardt
2,642 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Senator Tommy Morrison (34th Guam Legislature), Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Speaker BJ Cruz, Vice Speaker Therese Terlaje, Congressman Rob Bishop, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Senator Regine Biscoe Lee, Senator Tom Ada, Senator Joe T. San Agustin, Senator Telena Nelson, Senator Michael San Nicolas, Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Senator Frank Aguon, Senator James Espaldon, Senator Mary Torres, Senator Louise Muna, Senator Wil Castro, Senator Fernando Esteves

Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian and Oppose Degradation and Militarization of Native Lands

We, the Guam-based group Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian, are a direct action group dedicated to the protection of natural and cultural resources in all sites identified for DOD live-fire firing training on Guam. We oppose the establishment of any military firing range and align our efforts with other regional movements working to prevent environmental degradation and destruction on sacred and native lands. Our work promotes the continued pursuit for return of ancestral lands. We protest the signing of the Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan (INRMP) that would allow the construction of the Live-Fire Training Range Complex (LFTRC) at Andersen Air Force Base.  We vehemently protest the detrimental impacts that the firing range would have on the ancient village of Litekyan (Ritidian), Urunao, and Jinapsan and all of the species, endangered or otherwise,  within the Guam Wildlife Refuge.  We protest the signing of the INRMP for the following reasons: 1.     There is an ongoing Earthjustice lawsuit seeking to set aside the 2010 and 2015 Records of Decision regarding the relocation of the Marines from Okinawa to the Guam because the Department of Defense found no other alternatives for the move and also did not create a single Environmental Impact Statement for various projects it would involve. 2.     Of the options considered, building the LFTRC at the Northwest Field would be the most destructive option to the environment, the natural and cultural resources, and to the communities surrounding the area.  3.     The 2010 and 2015 Records of Decision underestimate or leave out the impacts of endangered species in the Refuge Overlay of the Guam National Wildlife Refuge.  4.     Mitigation efforts are not sufficient to protect endangered species.  Avoidance of adverse effects stemming from the construction and operation of live-fire ranges is the only option. 5.     The LFTRC poses a tremendous risk of contaminating Guam’s primary fresh water resource – the Northern Guam Lens Aquifer (NGLA). 6.     The impact on ancestral and historic sites cannot be mitigated because many of the resources at the site still remain in pristine, undisturbed condition and are still being studied.  Furthermore, Litekyan/Ritidian is a sacred site for native people and a place of spiritual connection to their ancestors. 7.     The construction of the LFTRC constitutes an environmental injustice to the indigenous people of Guam, the Chamorro people, and further disempowers native communities through militarization and contamination of native lands. Please sign our petition to divert the LFTRC and the signing of the INRMP, which would have a devastating impact on the people and land of Guåhan.   For more information, please email: save.ritidian@gmail.com.   

Save Ritidian
5,369 supporters