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October Mission – Local Environment

October Mission:   St. Luke’s October Mission is “local environment.”  Our donations will be shared by two local organizations that are working to provide a clean, safe environment for our community.  Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA) was formed about a year and a half ago in response to the explosion at the ExxonMobil Refinery that took place on February 18, 2015.  That accident nearly caused release of up to 50,000 pounds of modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF), a systemic toxin that can cause severe burns, organ damage and even death.  TRAA is working to have the MHF removed from the refinery and replaced with a safer option.  Our other October Mission recipient is Communities for a Better Environment.  CBE works locally and with other environmental organizations in the South Bay to encourage businesses to “Clean Up/Green Up,” and they fight to prevent the health effects to the community from Oil Refineries and Oil Drilling.  They have worked with a state coalition to accelerate California’s transition away from fossil fuels through the “Charge Ahead California Initiative”, signed into law by Governor Brown two years ago.  They also successfully held Exide Technologies accountable for their toxic pollution.  They continue working to build community power to “achieve environmental justice, clean energy, and healthy communities.”   Please give generously to support these organizations that work to protect God’s good creation.  Cathy Clay, Mission Committee member


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