California Authorities Support Toxic Chemical Use By Refineries

Random Lengths News | November 11, 2019

The Torrance Refining Co. and Valero Wilmington Refinery are the only California refineries using hydrofluoric acid  or HF alkylation. If accidentally released, HF would flash into a drifting ground-hugging toxic plume. A  plume such as this could have the destructive magnitude of the 1984 chemical release at Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, which  killed tens of thousands and  disabled hundreds of thousands more. All other California refineries use liquid sulfuric acid for safety reasons despite the higher cost. Three viable affordable replacement options exist; hundreds of construction jobs would be created and no jobs lost. Regional HF emergency preparedness would be orders of magnitude costlier and far less protective. Sheltering in place during a significant HF release could be a death sentence, and a quake can release HF while making sheltering impossible.

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Autopsies of people who died of mustard gas poisoning during WWI showed low white blood cell counts. Researchers then thought, “Hmm, if mustard gas kills white blood cells, could it can treat cancers that affect immune cells, such as leukemia?” At a cellular level, mustard gas and nitrogen mustard form intermediates that bind to DNA’s two helical strands, locking them together. Because the strands can’t pull apart during cell division, the cells die. After the war, researchers developed nitrogen mustard into one of the first cancer chemotherapy drugs called mustine. It wasn’t the best drug ever, but mustine paved the way for treating cancer with chemicals, or cancer chemotherapy.

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Autopsies of people who died of mustard gas poisoning during WWI showed low white blood cell counts. Researchers then thought, “Hmm, if mustard gas kills white blood cells, could it can treat cancers that affect immune cells, such as leukemia?” At a cellular level, mustard gas and nitrogen mustard form intermediates that bind to DNA’s two helical strands, locking them together. Because the strands can’t pull apart during cell division, the cells die. After the war, researchers developed nitrogen mustard into one of the first cancer chemotherapy drugs called mustine. It wasn’t the best drug ever, but mustine paved the way for treating cancer with chemicals, or cancer chemotherapy.

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FortisBC | July 05, 2022

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While we are in the early stages of an exciting energy transformation with this hydrogen project, innovative partnerships like this will help accelerate that change. Renewable and low carbon gases, like hydrogen, are instrumental in reducing greenhouse gas emissions effectively and affordably while ensuring we have a resilient and diversified energy system for British Columbians," Roger Dall'Antonia, president and CEO of FortisBC Hydrogen is a unique gas energy as it produces no carbon dioxide when burned. It can be produced in a number of ways, including through electrolysis (separating hydrogen from water using electricity) or through separating it from natural gas. Hydrogen generated from natural gas with the carbon byproduct being captured as solid carbon is referred to as "turquoise" hydrogen and has far lower and more easily managed lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with it. "Innovative technologies such as the Hazer Process offer enormous potential to create new economic opportunities while supporting the de-carbonization objectives of FortisBC and the province. We are delighted to work with FortisBC, Suncor and the government of B.C. on this innovative project which will be a world-leading example of the application of methane pyrolysis," said Geoff Ward, CEO and managing director of Hazer. The project is being funded directly from the partner companies and by the provincial government's CleanBC Industry Fund. The Fund supports projects that can advance innovative solutions for industry greenhouse gas emissions, like renewable and low carbon gases. The provincial government has placed clear emphasis on the importance of hydrogen in the province, releasing the provincial hydrogen strategy in 2021 and establishing the B.C. Hydrogen Office to assist the rapid advancement of hydrogen projects. "Hydrogen is critical to our transition to a cleaner, low-carbon energy system. We are supporting innovation like the Hazer Process with B.C. Hydrogen Strategy and CleanBC," said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. "The Hazer Process is helping us achieve our climate goals while supporting good-paying jobs for British Columbians". The addition of hydrogen to FortisBC's renewable and low carbon gas supply is critical to the company's ongoing efforts to decarbonize the gas system. Ongoing research is being conducted, both through this project and in conjunction with the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, on how to blend hydrogen into the existing gas infrastructure. A recent study commissioned by the provincial government, FortisBC and the BC Bioenergy Network found that the potential for hydrogen production in the province could exceed 200 petajoules by 2050 – roughly enough gas to completely replace current natural gas volumes. 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Azelis | January 17, 2022

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Rinchem Company, Inc | December 02, 2021

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