A portion of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance is scheduled to reopen Monday night, more than a year after a large explosion at the facility injured four workers and damaged equipment.
The refinery is set to restart operations in the fluid catalytic cracker unit between 7 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday. Torrance city officials said they expect that process will temporarily increase emissions, but that they are not expected to exceed state and national air quality standards.
“It is anticipated that the restart will result in higher particulate matter for about six hours,” the city said in statement to residents.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District said the refinery will need to shut down a pollution control device as a safety precaution, which could result in up to 600 pounds of particulate emissions.
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