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Any leak is a bad leak when it comes to a refinery and while it may not seem like a long time, there was an acid leak that lasted four minutes at Torrance Refining Co. Friday afternoon.

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) said its personnel received a call at 3:45 p.m. and responded to a minor leak of modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF) at Torrance Refining Co. on 190th Street in between Crenshaw Boulevard and Prairie Avenue.

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“SCAQMD inspectors arrived at the facility at approximately 4:55 p.m. and verified that the leak had been stopped,” the district said. “Maintenance activities that were believed to have caused the four-minute leak were completed.”

Officials said refinery personnel mitigated the spread of the acid during repairs, and there’s no indication that any MHF or MHF emissions were present outside the Torrance Refining Co. facility.

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The Torrance Fire Department responded to the situation briefly.

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