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net Refining Tar Sands in Wilmington
Attachments: Importance: AQMD Letter reg Valero application-FINAL_9.18.13.pdf High
Hey all: Sorry to send this email as a "reply all" but it is the easiest way for me to find all your emails! While I work in Torrance, I live in San Pedro, near the L.A. Harbor. I was shocked to learn that Valero Oil (one of the worst big oil companies out there) is applying to the AQMD to starting transporting and refining 60,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day in one of the Wilmington Refineries. The process of refining tar sands is much dirtier than refining regular crude; I've heard it puts as much as 3000 times more carbon pollution into the air. The air in the Harbor is already terrible, even with all the regulations in place and the Clean Trucks program. My son, who is 10, was just diagnosed with astham. Over 20% of the children living in this area have asthma. The cancer rates in Wilmington, which has 6 refineries, is sky high. This is an issue of environmental justice. Poorer people, Latinos, immigrants, etc. are being forced to bear the effects of pollution while the oil industry still gets billions in subsidies. Several environmental groups have already asked the AQMD to make Valero's application public and allow for a period of public review and comments. Valero does not want this to happen for various reasons. Tar Sans Action So Cal has authored a letter to the AQMD and the L.A. City Council demanding that this process be made public. We are looking for as many organizations as possible to come on as signtories by 10/4/2013. Please, please let me know if you are willing to do so. If you need more information to help you make such a decision, please call me at my office number below. I have a whole lot more I can tell you. Thank you so much for considering this!
Sherry Anne Lear Attorney at Law 3828 Carson Street, Suite 100 Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 303-7950 Fax: (310) 316-0324