Summer 2008 A Community Newsletter Produced by the Torrance Refinery
Open House 2008
Join us as we celebrate ExxonMobil’s 125th Anniversary
On Saturday, August 16, the refinery will once • National Council
again opens it’s doors for a community Open on Alcoholism &
House. Torrance neighbors are invited to Drug Dependence
learn about refinery operations and celebrate for the South Bay
ExxonMobil’s 125th Anniversary. • Retired and Senior
This free event, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,
• Salvation Army
will feature refinery tours, interactive exhibits,
kids’ activities and a barbeque lunch. In • SEA Lab
addition, the following partner nonprofits will • South Bay
also be present to share their valuable services:
• California State University-Dominquez Hills • South Bay Police
Re . • El Camino College Foundation and Fire Memorial
er y at
du • Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve Foundation
nag the • Switzer Learning
ax Ocans u lates
Empowering our Local Community • Torrance Cultural
ExxonMobil supports industry-community partnership Foundation
In March, ExxonMobil hosted the Energy Pathway Don Knabe and guests from other South Bay • Torrance Education
Program Graduation Ceremony at the Torrance companies were present amongst family and
• Torrance Fire
Refinery. The Energy Pathway Program, or EPP, is friends. After congratulating the newly graduated
a training, certification and recruitment system run students, he said, “The students who graduate
• Torrance Police
by the local non profit agency, South Bay Center from this program will subsequently provide a pool
for Counseling. The program prepares members of potential new hires and future employees. In
• Torrance Public
of South Bay communities for employment in addition to promoting economic growth in our
energy-related industries. community, the Energy Pathway Program is also
• Torrance Unified
The students enrolled in this program often come helping build the future of companies such as
from economically challenged families and South ours.”
• The Volunteer
Bay communities. EPP provides academic In 2007, the Torrance Refinery, a proud EPP Center
training and helps alleviate the social or financial partner, hired 12 graduates from the process • YMCA
issues that may arise during the course of the technical program at Los Angeles Harbor College. • YWCA
program. This year, 82 percent of the total anticipated
Please do not bring
The program has had tremendous success in its Process Operator and Instrument Technician job
goal to empower the people of South Bay and offers were extended to EPP students.
or cameras with you
serves as a paradigm for a successful industry- Programs like EPP play an important role in to the open house.
community partnership. transforming the lives of many families in our local We hope that you all
In his welcome address, Refinery Manager Max community. It is particularly gratifying to know will be able to join us.
Ocansey noted Los Angeles County Supervisor that ExxonMobil’s involvement is helping to enable
August 16, 2008: Save this date for ExxonMobil’s 2008 Open House event.
Ask Max 24-Hour
Readers spoke. We listened! Neighborhood
Just as we perform tune-ups (aka Turnaround) to improve
the quality of our operations, we took your suggestions and (310) 505-3158
redesigned the community newsletter.
The fresh new format of our publication mirrors the molecule
design of our corporate print advertising campaign. Drop us a
line in the mail-in-form below and let us know if you like it.
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We want to hear from you. Please
Mary TaTe - Torrance residenT submit questions you have about the more about our refinery operations and speak with
Refinery. Questions not printed in the our employees. Of course, any time that you have a
Dear Mary, newsletter will be addressed by di- question or concern, please feel free to either contact
Thank you very much for your interest in rect mail or by phone. If you have an our 24-Hour Neighborhood Hotline at (310) 505-3158
immediate concern, please contact
ExxonMobil’s Torrance Refinery and for your or call our Public Affairs office at (310) 212-1852
Public Affairs at (310) 212-1852.
question. You asked if the refinery has a during normal business hours.
disaster plan if an incident occurs that would affect residents.
Mr. charles Perera - redondo Beach residenT
Our first priority is to operate our plant safely, every day, to avoid
emergencies. I assure you that the safety and security of our Dear Charles,
community, our workforce and our facilities are our primary concerns. Thank you very much for your interest in ExxonMobil’s Torrance
We have dedicated safety and security professionals who work Refinery and for submitting your question. You asked if ExxonMobil
closely with ExxonMobil Global Security and local law enforcement funds local artists.
authorities to coordinate our security activities. After Sept. 11, we As you might imagine, Exxon Mobil Corporation receives numerous
took our security vigilance to an even higher level. requests for funding. Our corporate contributions are voluntary gifts
For security reasons, I hope that you will understand that I cannot to charitable organizations to benefit the community for the public
go into great detail about our security or disaster plans. What I can good, and we make grants only to tax-exempt organizations, never
tell you is that we have the necessary equipment, procedures and to individuals for for-profit business. For example, in Torrance,
systems in place, (for example, automatic equipment shutdown we partner with the Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation and
sensors on our units) to help us be proactive and avoid incidents. sponsor fun and educational programming (such as Super Science
In addition to our proactive measures, we have thoughtfully planned Saturdays) to help bring art, and math and science education to
the appropriate actions we would take in coordination with all levels the youth of our local community. We also support the Torrance
of local, state and government agencies, in the event of a disaster. Education Foundation and sponsor their Downtown Sounds event
that benefits Torrance High Schools’ music programs and provides
We routinely conduct exercises involving local, state and federal
scholarships to students.
agencies, as well as participate in national emergency crisis
preparedness drills. We simulate different types of scenarios that It may interest you to know that ExxonMobil also supports the
keep our personnel trained in emergency response and crisis arts through its employees’ efforts. The company encourages
preparedness should they need to respond in a moment’s notice. its employees to give back to the communities in which we live
We have a fully staffed onsite fire department with skilled and and work. Through ExxonMobil’s Volunteer Involvement Program,
certified fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, hazardous employees can turn their volunteer time into corporate grants to fund
materials and crisis responders. Our refinery has a close working the charity of their choice, including cultural organizations such as art
relationship with the Torrance Police and Fire Departments, so we museums, performing arts, etc. ExxonMobil also offers employees a
can expect additional supplemental protection from our local law Cultural Matching Gift Program grant where every dollar donated by
enforcement and the California National Guard should a credible employees to a cultural institution will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
threat to ExxonMobil exist or a terrorist incident occur. Through support of nonprofits in our local community, we believe
I hope that this information helps to put your mind at ease about your we are reaching a broader audience that will benefit everyone in our
safety as it relates to the Torrance Refinery. Thank you for taking community.
the time to write to me with your important question. I invite you to Thank you for writing to me with your question.
Name*: Daytime phone number*: ( )
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To submit your questions tear off this form and mail to:
ExxonMobil • Public Affairs/Ask Max • 3700 West 190th Street • Torrance, CA 90509
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Only questions submitted with name and contact information will be considered for publication.
Addresses and phone numbers are required for verification and follow-up purposes and will not be published.
Neighbor to Neighbor Summer 2008
Torrance Middle School Girls
Visit Refinery Education
ExxonMobil introduces girls to engineering
What happens when you mix 300 middle school girls and 60 engineers in the
same room? Controlled chaos and lots of engineering fun! That is exactly what igh School
happened when ExxonMobil hosted “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” at the
Torrance Refinery in February. The two day annual event, now in it’s third year, Reporters
is held during National Engineers Week and supports the outreach programs of
the Society of Women Engineers and the National Council for Minorities in Invited
to Cover Event
The program involved interactive experiments with
ExxonMobil engineers, all in an effort to shed a new light The ExxonMobil Torrance
on engineering for middle school girls, so they are Refinery hosted six
exposed to the many possibilities offered through student reporters
math and science. The ultimate goal is to give girls from local Torrance
the opportunity to consider engineering as a viable high schools
future career choice. during this year’s
Introduce a Girl
After hearing testimonies from refinery personnel to Engineering
about the world of engineering, the girls toured event on February
the facility and spent the afternoon performing 28, 2008. The
experiments. Candy towers that could withstand students had the
earthquakes; egg drops from a 12 feet height opportunity to
without breaking; handling faux radioactive ping- cover the event like
pong balls, and making ice cream were some of the professional media.
fun and exciting experiments the girls performed to They were given press
learn important engineering principles. kits, were encouraged to
So why are girls targeted to have a special engineering interview the eighth-grade
day? Currently, only 20 percent of engineering undergraduates girls and best of all, they had
and only ten percent of the engineering workforce are women! And the chance to interact with the local
according to an April 2005 survey conducted by the Extraordinary Women media outlets that were covering
Engineers Project, most high school girls believe that engineering is a “man’s the event. Many of the student
job.” There are over two million engineers in America...only 200,000 are reporters came away from the
women. We hope that after a day spent at the Torrance Refinery, these girls can experience with a fresh knowledge
reengineer that! about journalism and the media, and
a new understanding of engineering.
City Disaster Preparedness Expo
Do you know how to Shelter In Place?
Last fall, the City of Torrance Emergency Services Division what day the routine testing occurred and were not sure what
invited the Torrance Refinery to participate in a Disaster to do when they heard the sirens wail.
Preparedness Exposition at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center The City of Torrance Community Alert Siren is tested the
Complex. The free expo was a perfect opportunity for the first Wednesday of every month at 11:30 a.m., and it is not
community to learn about crisis preparedness, stock-up on necessary to shelter in place during the monthly test. The
disaster related supplies, and meet first responders who were siren test includes a two-
there to answer questions and minute wail followed by one-
offer advice. minute chimes that are audible
ExxonMobil employees staffed 1. outdoors from a 1.2 mile radius
SHELTER Stay or go indoors
a “Shelter In Place” booth to from the Torrance Refinery.
familiarize Torrance citizens about During an actual emergency,
the city’s community warning the chimes will be absent and
system. Close doors,
2. the wail will continue. Shelter
When speaking with various SHUT windows and in place until the chimes sound
community members, refinery or an “all clear” message is
volunteers noted while most issued.
Torrance children understood Tune into Torrance’s For more information or questions
how to react to a shelter in place 3. 1620 AM or regarding the Expo or Shelter in
announcement, thanks to routine LISTEN Citicable Channel 3 Place, contact the City of Torrance’s
for updates and Emergency Services Coordinator at
school drills, many adults did not. (310) 618.5725 or visit www.torrnet.
Although they are aware of the com/disasterpreparedness.
test sirens, they could not say
Neighbor to Neighbor Summer 2008
Project Update In Celebration of Literacy
Electrostatic Precipitator Refinery cats (in the hat) visit Carr Elementary
You may recall seeing an article in the last edition of Neighbor In the month of March, educators, parents and volunteers of all
to Neighbor, which discussed the huge project currently types came together across the country to play an important
underway designed to improve the refinery’s environmental role in children’s education.
performance. This highly visible Electrostatic Precipitator ExxonMobil joined Carr Elementary, a local Torrance school, in
Project (ESP), which requires that cranes tower into the sky, its effort to excite children about reading and promote literacy
is a regulatory compliance project mandated by the State through participation in the National Education Association’s
of California to meet South Coast Air Read Across America campaign.
Quality Management District
Read Across America, a national day dedicated to literacy, is
requirements. All refineries in
now in its 11th year. It is celebrated on or around the birthday
the L.A. basin must comply
of Theodor Seuss Giesel, who most of us know as Dr. Seuss,
with these requirements.
the man who is credited with making reading fun for kids.
Neighbors may have
A great advocate of education, ExxonMobil understands that
motivating a child to read at an early age can be an important
cement trucks traveling
factor in a student’s achievement. Dr. Seuss recognized that
to and from the refinery.
making reading fun for young children could
A smooth consistent
lead to a lifelong passion for reading,
concrete pour was
and the Read Across America
required to create the
campaign has pioneered this
foundation to support the
effort with great participation and
ESP unit. Now, with the
foundation in place, workers
ez (left) and her
are completing the preparations This is the second year that
to relocate assembled ESP modules to its final refinery employees have had
destination deeper inside the refinery where it will be the pleasure to volunteer as
attached to the Fluid Catalytic Cracker Unit. guest readers at this fun and
Thank you to our neighbors for their patience during
To learn more about the National
this period of the project, as well as to the Torrance
Education Association’s Read Across
Police Department for their assistance and the City of gh
te America program, visit www.nea.org/
Torrance for their cooperation. Sa
rge r an readacross/faq.html
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Super Science Saturdays Del Amo Boulevard
Annual educational series proves successful
Super Science Saturdays, a series of Arts Center Foundation, a non-profit
theatre shows for local youth about organization in partnership with the City Local news stories have covered an
math and science principles was highly of Torrance. “This program is not about ongoing environmental investigation
successful this year, with a 15 percent teaching, it’s about explaining how things that is talking place near the southeast
increase in attendance over last year’s work in an entertaining way.” border of the Torrance Refinery. The
series. investigation has centered around nine
The interactive nature of the shows is residences and several commercial
The program is made possible by a the hallmark of the program’s success. properties near the intersection of Del
number of local entities; ExxonMobil, the ExxonMobil, the sole underwriter of the Amo Boulevard and Van Ness Way.
Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation, program, has numerous employees who Several public meetings have been
the City of Torrance and the talented volunteer their time to help with the series. held on this subject. A four page fact
artists that put on the shows. All of these Mr. Solley expressed optimism about sheet prepared by the Water Board
groups work together to provide these the program’s growth and success in is available to the public. You may
fun, interactive, one-hour the coming years. He hopes to have request a copy of the fact sheet or ask
Saturday activities for even more ExxonMobil volunteers to be added to the notification list for
children in grades 1-6. participate in the future. Mr. future public meetings by contacting
“The goal of Super Solley explains that Super ExxonMobil Public Affairs.
Science Saturdays Science Saturdays “ties
into ExxonMobil’s overall Information can also be obtained from
is to bring shows the following resources:
ka Silly Putty!).
about science, approach to business
• Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Con-
mathematics, and community trol Board: Stephen Cain, 213-576-6694,
involvement by exposing
invention and email@example.com
the environment science and math • State of California Department of Toxic
to grade- to elementary school Substances Control: Steven Hariri, 714-
children.” 484-5332, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Information Repository: Katy Geissert Civ-
says Ray Solley, Visit our website
nt ic Center Library, 3302 Torrance Boulevard,
executive director of Ma ild Torrance, CA, 90503, 310-618-5959.
nag ch updates and information about the
the Torrance Cultural er P sa
enny Wirsing help 2008-2009 series.
Neighbor to Neighbor is published periodically as a community service by the ExxonMobil Torrance
Refinery 3700 West 190th Street, Torrance, CA 90509-2929. Refinery Manager Max Ocansey,
Neighbor to Neighbor Public Affairs Manager Carolin A. Keith, Public Affairs Advisors Barbara Burgett and Aarti Ramachandran, Summer 2008
and Public Affairs Assistant Melba Duarte, (310) 212-1852