Partnership urges AQMD Board to work with South Bay refineries, avoid MHF ban
Irwindale, CA - The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership has asked the Board of the South Coast Air Quality District to continue to work with refineries in the South Bay on refined safety features and avoid a ban of modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF), a key chemical used in the alkylation process.
"The South Bay refineries in question under Rule 1410 are major players in the state's economy," said Partnership President and CEO Bill Manis. "Moving forward with a Memorandum of Understanding with the refineries will implement substantial safety enhancements while allowing these critical economic engines to continue to support our critical freight industry."
According to the California Energy Commission, a ban of MHF would cause two Southern California refineries to cease operations. If this were to happen, the state would lose thousands of good-paying jobs and California residents, businesses, and governments would see significantly higher gasoline prices. Readily available, affordable fuel is vital for the state's broader economy.
Adding new safety measures to the refineries will address public concerns over the use of MHF while keeping these facilities open and thriving. The Partnership hopes the AQMD Board will support an Memorandum of Understanding rather than backing a ban on MHF.