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EPA Reaches Settlement with Torrance Refining Over Chemical Safety Violations

January 14, 2020 / Stefanie Valentic
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A Torrance, Calif.-based petroleum refinery has agreed to pay $125,000 after violating the Clean Air Act’s Chemical Accident Prevention Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency settled with Torrance Refining Company LLC after discovering deficiencies in its chemical safety and risk management plan. “It is critical for the refinery to maintain an up-to-date and accurate Risk Management Plan,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker in a statement.  “These actions ensure that facilities handling dangerous materials are minimizing potential impacts to the environment and the surrounding community.” During an EPA inspection, the agency found that Torrance Refining failed to properly conduct a hazard assessment, did not document equipment repairs and failed to follow emergency operating procedures.