SCAQMD Proposed Rule 1410 Threatens Viability of Two SoCal Refineries
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) mandates a California-only fuel standard that is the strongest in the world to reduce emissions and protect the environment. “Alkylate” is needed in fuel production to meet this standard. Two California refineries (Torrance and Wilmington) and a majority of refineries across the country that make alkylate use Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) alkylation. The Torrance and Wilmington refineries use a modified type of HF (MHF) that enhances community and worker safety.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is considering banning oil refineries’ use of MHF via Proposed Rule 1410, which would likely cause the Torrance and Wilmington refineries to cease operations, according to the California Energy Commission. If this were to happen, it could devastate California’s economy, cause thousands of local jobs to be lost, and increase prices for gasoline and consumer goods for California’s residents and businesses.
2,000 Lost Local Jobs
..and 1000’s of indirect jobs.
.25 cent per gallon
gasoline price increase.
of Southern California’s gasoline supply.
of the jet fuel for LAX in Los Angeles.
of the marine diesel for ships at SoCal Ports.
HF has been used in manufacturing since the 1700’s, more than 250 years.
HF alkylation use by California refineries began in 1966.
Today, California refineries that operate HF alkylation units use a modified form of HF, known as MHF, which is a newer alkylation technology that enhances community and worker safety.
More than half of U.S. refineries (50 out of 89) with an alkylation unit use HF or MHF.
The refining industry makes up less than two percent of HF use; many major industries use HF to make common consumer products such as computers, cell phones, and pharmaceuticals.