State Rep. Mike Sturla

Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee

State Rep. Maria Donatucci


Hearing Co-Chair  



Democratic Policy Committee looks at environmental impact

of oil refineries


PHILADELPHIA, April 21 – House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, said the committee held a public hearing today at the University of Pennsylvania to examine air quality and public safety issues related to oil refineries' use of hydrofluoric acid.


State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Delaware/Phila., requested and co-chaired the hearing.


“It’s important to investigate both the environmental and public safety hazards regarding the oil industry’s use of hydrofluoric acid,” Sturla said. “I applaud Representative Donatucci for wanting to educate both herself and her community on the potential risks as well as ways to reduce those risks.”


Donatucci added, “I welcomed this opportunity to bring the parties together to have an open dialogue and to educate the public about the possible threats to their safety, alternatives to using the chemical and any safety measures that have been implemented."


Those testifying at the hearing included Mike Bukowski, general manager, Sunoco Philadelphia Refinery; Jim Savage, president, United Steelworkers Local Union 10-1; Diane Heminway, health and safety specialist, United Steelworkers International Union Health and Safety Department; Barbara Rahke, director, Philadelphia Project on Occupational Safety & Health; and Cathy Brady, community member and former oil worker.


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