The Daily Breeze: Is Torrance changing its tune on refinery safety?

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.

Local activists have pleaded for a ban on highly toxic hydrofluoric acid used at refineries in Torrance and Wilmington — the only two in the state to use the acid. More than 8,000 people have signed a petition in support.

Assemblymember Muratsuchi Releases Statement on Torrance Refinery Fire and AQMD Action

Sacramento – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) released the following statement regarding the recent fire at the Torrance Refinery and the announcement that the Southern California Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will hold a public hearing in Torrance to examine recent operational problems at the refinery:

Fire extinguished, investigation begins at troubled Torrance refinery

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.”http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-torrance-refinery-20170218-story.html

Fire erupts at Torrance refinery just hours before protest rally

The crowd gathered at 10 a.m. at Columbia Park on 190th Street, cheering the remarks of Lieu, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and other speakers, before marching the short distance to the refinery. Passing motorists supplied supportive honks.

Muratsuchi Announces A Plan for Jobs and Safety

Working to ensure the well-being of workers and the community

Torrance - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) today announced the introduction of a package of bills and budget requests to increase safety at the refinery in Torrance. Two years ago, an explosion at the Torrance refinery injured four workers and damaged equipment, forcing a shutdown of the refinery and raising the concerns of residents living in the surrounding area.  Last fall, Muratsuchi worked with community stakeholders to develop a six-point plan to improve safety at the Torrance refinery. 

Muratsuchi Resolution Recognizes the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

“Never Again.”

(SACRAMENTO) -  The State Assembly today passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 1, by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), proclaiming February 19, 2017, as the 75th Anniversary of the issuance of Executive Order 9066 and recognizing a Day of Remembrance in California. 

Muratsuchi Introduces AB 461 to Provide Student Loan Debt Relief

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D - Torrance) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 461.  The proposed measure would exempt individuals from incurring a burdensome and unfair tax liability when their student loans are forgiven under federal repayment programs.

Awards honor Hermosa Beach’s emerging leaders

Surveying the crowd at Leadership Hermosa’s annual emerging leader awards ceremony, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) noted that the nominees represented much “of what makes Hermosa Beach so special.” Muratsuchi pointed out faces in the crowd, and mentioned following the quest of nominee Morgan Sliff to surf for 366 days in a year (and counting).