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Torrance City Council votes against banning toxic hydrofluoric acid at refinery

Torrance City Council votes against banning toxic hydrofluoric acid at refinery

The Torrance City Council has rejected a resolution calling for a ban of the toxic chemical hydrofluoric acid at the troubled local oil refinery, instead deferring to regulators and relevant parties to determine how best to ensure community safety.

The council votes came shortly after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report finding lax safety practices at the refinery.

After voting 5 to 2 against the proposal by Councilman Tim Goodrich during a meeting that stretched into the early morning hours Wednesday, the council unanimously voted for an alternate resolution to support the decisions of regulators.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed,"...

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