Our South Coast region has some of the worst ground-level ozone pollution in the nation, and petroleum refineries are a major source of this harm to our public health. For decades, petroleum refineries have been using the same aging and high-polluting equipment – forcing neighboring communities to endure dangerously unhealthy air and an alarming number of toxic leaks, explosions, fires, and other preventable tragedies that threaten their health and safety. It’s time the South Coast Air District implement a Refinery Rule to curb harmful emissions and tackle refinery dangers – send them a message today.
Thanks to lenient policies, refineries have been able to delay critical equipment maintenance and upgrades that their facilities need in order to comply with state laws meant to protect public health and safety. Some of this equipment was originally installed decades ago, as far back as the 1960s. Refinery Rule 1109.1 is a critical first step to holding this powerful industry accountable and providing frontline communities with the basic protections they deserve. Yet the rule is under threat, as behind-the-scenes, lobbyists are trying to weaken the rule and delay the rulemaking process indefinitely.
For far too long, refinery pollution has exposed residents in the region to a range of harms, including asthma, diminished lung functions, and premature death. And community members are often left to foot the bill for these impacts — through increased health care costs, missed workdays, and school absences.
Frontline communities have waited too long for protections from these harms, and we can’t afford to wait any longer. We are demanding that the South Coast Air District take action and pass a strong Refinery Rule 1109.1 to finally require refineries to install life-saving technologies to curb their dangerous emissions NOW.