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602, 2019

Reminder: Community Alert Siren Test on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The monthly test of the Community Alert Sirens will be conducted on:

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
(at approximately 11:30 a.m.)


The monthly test is described as followsOne-minute “all-clear chimes” will precede and follow a two-minute “siren tone.” Total testing time will not exceed five minutes. It is important to note that the “siren” tone carries a greater distance. It may be heard in areas beyond the reach of the “chime.”

During a real emergency, when you hear the sirens“Shelter. Shut. Listen.”

Shelter in Place means to:

If at home/outdoors:

  1. Go indoors;
  2. Close all vents, windows and doors;
  3. Listen for instructions on local cable and radio.

If driving:

  1. Continue driving;
  2. Close windows and vents;
  3. Turn your radio to 1620 AM CitiSOUNDS.

If in a parked car:

  1. DO NOT start the engine;
  2. Close windows and vents;
  3. Turn your radio to 1620 AM CitiSOUNDS.

Listen for the “chimes” sound that will signal the “all clear.


1001, 2019

Turnaround Plans Announced

The Torrance Refinery is committed to operating safely, reliably and environmentally responsibly. In addition to the ongoing preventive maintenance programs we conduct to help us keep this commitment, we also periodically perform extensive planned maintenance.

This week, we begin activities to inspect, clean and perform important maintenance on refinery equipment. The company is investing more than $140 million to perform this maintenance project commonly referred to as a “turnaround.”

To safely complete this turnaround, we have hired approximately 1500 additional contractors who specialize in refinery maintenance; the majority of whom are California Building Trades workers.

We take into consideration our surrounding neighbors when planning maintenance work, to lessen inconvenience to the community. However, you may notice certain effects of the turnaround, including the following:

  • Increased Traffic: Increased traffic can be expected during shift change, especially between the hours of 4-7 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. at the Refinery’s Entrance Gates 3 and 7 on West 190th We are coordinating with the Torrance Police Department to help ease potential traffic disruptions and safety issues during these times. Additionally, we are providing parking for the additional workers on refinery property.
  • Flaring: We work to minimize flaring during the maintenance period; however, it is not uncommon to see permitted intermittent flaring during process unit shutdowns and startups to maintain safe operations. The excess hydrocarbons from process units are routed to the flare system where it is combined with steam and burned to ensure maximum combustion to minimize emissions into the air. The South Coast Air Quality Management District regulates the emissions from refinery flare systems.
  • Noise and Light: Although some activities will need to be conducted in the evenings, the Refinery will maximize the work during the days to attempt to minimize noise levels at night. We will make every effort to be considerate, reduce unnecessary noises and maintain compliance with the city noise ordinance. We will also take measures to minimize the use of perimeter lights and direct the lights used into the refinery as much as possible.

We will continue to be vigilant and plan accordingly to minimize public impact that may result from this busy maintenance period that will last for several weeks. We ask for your patience and understanding as we complete this important work to support safe and reliable operations.

If you have any questions, please call our Community Relations Department during regular business hours Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at (310) 212-1852, or call the Refinery’s 24-Hour Community Hotline at (310) 505-3158 after business hours.

Torrance Refinery Sponsors Summer Fest to Support Local Youth Leadership Program

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation held its second annual “Summer Fest” event to raise funds for the chamber’s “Leadership, Exploration and Development” (LEAD) program. This seven-month program provides Torrance area high school sophomores [...]

By |August 15th, 2018|Categories: In the Community|0 Comments

Torrance Refinery Hosts 28th Annual Summer Jobs Program for Torrance Students

YDP student participating in a mock interview with a Torrance refinery employee volunteer For many students in the Torrance Unified School District (TUSD) summer vacation is a time to go to the beach, [...]

By |August 10th, 2018|Categories: In the Community|0 Comments

Torrance Teachers Recognized, Showcase STEAM Curriculum at Refinery Grant Ceremony

Carr Elementary Teacher Sherry Nelson’s project entitled, “Virtual Reality, Here We Come” (Photo credit: John Matera) Torrance Refinery Manager Steve Steach and Board of Education Member Terry Ragins racing remote-controlled devices programmed [...]

By |June 11th, 2018|Categories: In the Community|0 Comments

John J. Neu Leadership Academy Graduates Prepare for Next Chapter

Many people find transitioning from eighth grade to high school to be challenging. However, this year’s John J. Neu Leadership Academy graduates are up to the task after completing an extensive leadership program designed to [...]

By |June 8th, 2018|Categories: In the Community|0 Comments