A coalition of sign-wielding environmental activists on Saturday marked the third anniversary of the Feb. 18, 2015, explosion at the Torrance refinery that federal officials said nearly caused a catastrophic release of highly toxic hydrofluoric acid that could have killed and injured thousands. Led by grass-roots group the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance, hundreds of protesters gathered at Columbia Park to renew their call for a ban on the toxic chemical and marched en masse to the nearby refinery on 190th Street.

  • Prior to marching to protest at the PBF Energy refinery, people gather signs at Columbia Park in Torrance on Saturday, Feb 17, 2018. It has been three years since the refinery explosion rocked the neighborhood and now residents are calling for a ban on the use of hydrofluoric acid at the refinery. (Photo by Scott Varley, Contributor)
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