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Odors emanate from Torrance refinery after equipment malfunction


2 South Bay refineries report hazardous materials spills on same day

Refineries in Wilmington and Torrance reported separate hazardous materials releases on the same day this week, with at least 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide released in the Harbor Area incident and a crude oil spill of about 30 gallons reported from a...

By Nick Green|


  • Climate change

    Vatican, Germany reaffirm Paris climate accord post-US

    VATICAN CITY >> German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the Paris climate accord despite the U.S. withdrawal and shared her aim to “bring down walls,” and not build them. Merkel and Francis met for about 40 minutes Saturday, focusing on the Group of 20 summit Germany is hosting in Hamburg July 7-8. The Vatican said the talks focused on the need for the international community to combat poverty, hunger, terrorism and...

    By the Associated Press|

  • Habitat conservation and restoration

    Torrance’s Madrona Marsh, on brink of ‘collapse’ from drought, lands grant for restoration

    Torrance’s fragile Madrona Marsh ecosystem is on the brink of “total collapse” without restoration after five years of drought, state officials said, prompting the award of a $470,000 grant to save the rare habitat that contains “irreplaceable natural resources.” The California Coastal Conservancy unanimously approved the grant at its meeting Thursday. “After five or six years of drought, you have quite a long time between opportunities...

    Nick Green

  • Smog

    Southern California’s heat wave is baking up a lot of smog

    Regional air quality officials are warning people to avoid strenuous activities this weekend because much of Southern California will experience “very unhealthy” air pollution as the heat wave takes hold of the weather. The areas of most concern include the Santa Clarita Valley, San Gabriel Mountains, portions of the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, Inland...

    David Danelski

  • Water quality

    Here’s which LA County beaches earned a D grade in water quality from Heal the Bay

    After years of drought helped improve ocean pollution levels at Los Angeles County beaches, record winter rains led to a spike in bacteria levels and plummeting water quality, according to Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card released today. The report card grades water quality along coastlines statewide as part of an effort to inform and protect beachgoers. Two Los Angeles County beaches landed on the group’s list of Beach Bummers...

    Cynthia Washicko

  • Lawsuits

    New lawsuit seeks to block Tesoro’s massive refinery integration project

    A coalition of Harbor Area environmental activists filed a lawsuit Wednesday against regional air-pollution regulators in a bid to block the merger of Tesoro refineries in Carson and Wilmington. The suit follows similar legal action filed by the city of Carson last month against the South Coast Air Quality Management District. They argue...

    Sandy Mazza

  • Smog

    Here’s why California scientists want neighborhood-by-neighborhood smog data

    Southern California has long been the smog capital of the nation. Most days from May through September, we endure unhealthful levels of ozone, a lung-searing gas that forms when emissions from vehicles, factories and other sources percolate in the sun-baked atmosphere. But how can we better live with this malady in our midst? Scientists with the international EarthWatch Institute and UC Riverside are collaborating with a handful of Long Beach residents and are now looking...

    David Danelski

  • Port operation

    Cargo volumes inch up at ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

    Container cargo volumes at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports inched up last month compared with the same time last year, sparking optimism at both facilities. The National Retail Federation expects some of the largest import volumes at container ports ever

    Rachel Uranga

  • Environment

    California attorney general will fight White House over possible changes to six national monuments

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he would use his legal power and that of like-minded attorneys general to block President Trump from making any changes to the status or boundaries of national monuments — including six in California. The statement came last week, a few days before Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke recommended downsizing the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, eliciting praise from the state’s top Republicans but threats of lawsuits from...

    Steve Scauzillo

  • Heat waves

    Heat wave arrives in Southern California, bringing increased fire danger

    LOS ANGELES >> A heat wave will begin washing over the Southland today, raising fears of wildfires and heat-related illnesses and promising to send temperatures into triple-digit territory in valley areas later this week, National Weather Service forecasters said. An “extended period of hot and dry weather conditions” will affect areas away from the coast “through at least early next week,’’ with temperatures rising daily because of a weak...

    City News Service|

  • Port operation

    Los Angeles, Long Beach ‘climate mayors’ roll out zero-emission goal for ports

    Dubbing themselves the “climate mayors,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia signed a pledge Monday to aim for zero emissions in operations at their side-by-side ports by 2035. The mayors and other dignitaries gathered next to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum on San Pedro’s waterfront to announce how they intend to move forward following more than a decade of

    Donna Littlejohn

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