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County Offers Gardening Tip After Spent Catalyst Possibly Made Way into Martinez Soil

by CC News
Gardening in the City of Martinez

Contra Costa Health Services said Thursday it continues to look into the Nov. 24-25 release of heavy metals by Martinez Refining Company.

They say its possible spent catalyst made its way into soil and got absorbed by plants. They then recommend not eating those foods and to try growing plants in planters with new soil.

Next, Contra Costa Health Services directed residents to a document which has not been updated since January 11, 2023.

The county has since asked the District Attorney to pursue legal action against the Martinez Refining Company after the accidental release of “spent catalyst” from the refinery began around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) and continued into the early hours of Nov. 25, showering the surrounding community in the dust-like substance. Samples of the dust taken later showed it had elevated levels of aluminum and other metals, which could have potentially caused respiratory symptoms in people who breathed it. Prolonged exposure to these metals can lead to health concerns.

MRC did not report the release via the county’s Community Warning System or directly to CCH, as required by the county’s notification policy. CCH learned about the release from media accounts two days after it began. Had MRC followed the notification policy, the Community Warning System would have been activated to notify the community about the hazard at the time of the accident.

In a separate but related move in January, CCH is also recommending an independent investigation and risk assessment be done of the accidental release of spent catalyst from the refinery.


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lv3 March 7, 2023 - 3:51 pm

Once again the oil companies in the Bay Area have jeopardized the health of locals. This time in the lovely town of Martinez. If one drove by in the early mornings during the reign of Shell and saw the thick grey clouds released that were always termed OK one can only be horrified at the news of the Thanksgiving release of extremely toxic wastes that went unreported by the NEW company. Can’t eat garden produce! What about animals eating grass, children playing outside. people breathing on a windy day? These things don’t disappear overnight….No turning the other cheek on this one folks.

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