FAQ: ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery RestartRevision Correcting the April 22, 2016 Press Release
It has been brought to the City's attention that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Agency, NOT the SCAQMD Hearing Board, entered into a Settlement Agreement with ExxonMobil in which ExxonMobil will pay an approximate $5 million in penalties (not fines) of which half, approximately $2.5 million, will be earmarked to be used for projects to benefit the communities surrounding the refinery.  Below please find a Revised Press Release with the correct information included:
South Coast Air Quality Management District to Determine How $2.5 Million from ExxonMobil Fine will Benefit Torrance, Region
Torrance, Calif., April 26, 2016 - The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has entered into a Settlement Agreement with ExxonMobil in which ExxonMobil will pay an approximate $5 million penalty for violations of air pollution rules and regulations, mostly as a result of a February 2015 explosion at the company's Torrance refinery.  Read More
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On Saturday April 2, 2016 the South Coast Air Quality Management District hearing board approved an agreement allowing ExxonMobil's Torrance refinery to restart operations. The approved order adopted by SCAQMD's hearing board puts in place stringent measures designed to protect the health and safety of nearby residents while the refinery resumes normal operations.
Staff met with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director of South Coast AQMD last week to discuss the study of alternative catalysts for HF alkylation units.  Upon further discussion and reflection, AQMD has determined that the study should be fully conducted and funded by AQMD, with briefings to the City as the study progresses.
The study will specifically address researching and evaluating catalyst options, and commercially available alternatives to MHF, and include
-  Sulfuric Acid
- Solid Acid Catalyst
- Ionic Liquid
- Fixed Bed
- Slurry catalyst
- Soluble catalyst and
- Solid Onium hydrogen fluoride catalyst
The evaluation will include, at a minimum the following:
- Efficiency and effectiveness
- Commercial availability
- If used in other installations
- Chemical hazard
- Dispersion characteristics
- Storage requirements
- Cost and life
Staff will work closely with AQMD as to findings as the study proceeds over the next six months.