Coalition For A Safe Environment

Press Release


For Immediate Release

February 1, 2014

Contact: Jesse N. Marquez 310-704-1265 English Media CFASE
  Sofia Carrillo 310-493-8999 Spanish Media CFASE
  Sandy Nax 916-327-6114   Cal. Dept. of Toxic Substance Control

Wilmington Environmental Group Establishes First Community
Network to Monitor Local Oil Refinery Air Pollution

The Coalition For A Safe Environment will host a February Open House and Tour of the
Los Angeles Community Environmental Enforcement Network Pilot Project

Los Angeles. A Wilmington environmental justice community advocacy organization has launched the area’s first community-based environmental reporting and air quality monitoring that is giving residents of some of California’s most environmentally impacted communities effective, hands-on ways to report, monitor and fight pollution and toxic contamination in their neighborhoods. Fence-line residents - those just over the fence from large oil refineries - often report breathing difficulty from asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and COPD symptoms along with other health effects from refinery emissions and additional mental distress when there are major accidents.

Community members will be able to use mobile devices and go on-line on the internet to report environmental or public health dangers or public safety violations such as releases of hazardous waste, illegal dumping, bad air, chemical spills, toxic odors and other incidents. They can monitor follow up to their complaints and sign up to be alerted to contamination or pollution in their communities.

The pilot project is funded by a $10,000 grant from the California Department of Toxic Substance Control and a $20,000 grant from California Environmental Protection Agency.

The Coalition For A Safe Environment, the project sponsor in putting the air quality monitoring system in place, will make a presentation and lead a tour of their office on-line computer monitoring system and to the affected Wilmington “fence-line” neighborhoods on Wednesday, February 26 from 11:00am to 6:00pm and to the home of the Peleti family, the first family to install an AirBase air quality monitor system at their home.

The Coalition for a Safe Environment, a 13 year old public health and safety community organization is working to build a healthy community by fighting petroleum industry and other industries air pollution, calls it the first community based oil refinery fence-line air quality monitoring network in California.

CFASE is the designer and sponsor of the Los Angeles Community Environmental Enforcement Network (LACEEN) Pilot Project that installed an AirBase Multi-Sensor Air Quality Monitoring System on top of the roof of a family that lives on the other side of the fence from ConocoPhillips Oil Refinery in Wilmington. Residents who live near major oil refineries live in fear day-to-day never knowing when there may be another fire or explosion and what that impact might be on their families’ health and lives. Residents are told that oil refineries are doing their best and complying with the law. But neighbors say that oil refineries always have some type of malfunction, equipment breakdown or power failure all too frequently.

For local residents loud noises and flaring are a normal part of life and occur all hours of the day and night. Residents often see large flames of fire with hours and hours of threatening black billowing smoke filling the skies and going over their homes.

LACEEN is one of many community solutions to help residents report what they see, file a complaint, file an incident report, can report how they have been impacted, register for emergency alerts and have their complaint investigated.

The Coalition for a Safe Environment plans to install air quality monitoring instruments at every Los Angeles area oil refinery in the future. LACEEN has two innovative design components: a fence-line air quality monitoring system and a computer based community complaint form submission program for a variety of environmental complaints.

The LACEEN complaint form program allows members of the public who witness toxic releases of hazardous pollutants from a source such as an oil refinery to file an online complaint or report which will be investigated by a participating governmental regulatory agency. LACEEN is also designed so the public can file a complaint or report regarding any type of environmental, public health danger or public safety violation such as illegal land dumping, chemical spills, toxic odors, industry noise, illegal truck parking or school bus idling.

An open house and tour will be held on Wednesday February 26, 2014 beginning at 11:00am. The public is invited to a presentation meeting to be held at the Coalition For A Safe Environment office located at 1601 N. Wilmington Blvd. Ste. B, Wilmington, CA 90744. Visitors will be able to see how the LACEEN AirBase Air Quality Monitoring System data can be viewed 24/7 on a computer via the internet and how easily resident can file a complaint or incident report on-line, in-person or using their mobile phone device. After the presentation a van will travel to the home of the Peleti Wilmington family who has allowed the AirBase Multi-Sensor Air Quality Monitoring Station to be installed on top of the roof of their home.

Numerous local elected officials and governmental agencies have been invited to attend. List available.

Who: Coalition For A Safe Environment

What: Open House and Tour

Why: Los Angeles Community Environmental Enforcement Network Pilot Project Launching

When: February 26, 2014 Wednesday

Where: Coalition For A Safe Environment-Presentation & AirBase Office Tour
1601 N. Wilmington Blvd., Ste. B
Wilmington, CA 90744

Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Where: Peleti Family Residence-Tour : AirBase Air Quality Monitoring System
1443 W. Emden Street
Wilmington, CA 90744

Info: Press Kit Available