Health advisory issued after incident at Tesoro refinery

FILE - In this April 2, 2010, file photo, a Tesoro Corp. refinery, including a gas flare flame that is part normal plant operations, is shown in Anacortes, Wash. The plant is among those likely to be affected by Gov. Jay Inslee's sweeping proposal to rein in greenhouse gases with a charge on polluters is being heard Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the House Environment Committee. The plan would cap the overall amount of carbon emissions in the state and require major polluters to pay for each metric ton of carbon released. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

MARTINEZ (KRON) — A public health advisory temporarily issued for several East Bay communities after reports of smoke at the Tesoro refinery in Martinez.

The incident was reported Tuesday at 11:47 at the refinery located at 150 Solano Way in Pacheco.

The refinery experienced a loss of its “primary steam generation unit that caused upsets in several process units.”

“These upsets resulted in flaring with visible smoke. A CWS Level 2 was activated per procedure, due to the smoke drifting offsite,” refinery officials said in a statement.

The refinery is no longer flaring.

There were no injuries as a result of this event. We do not expect any adverse health effects. We are working closely with Contra Costa County health personnel and other regulatory agencies.

At this time, the steam generation unit is back on-line, and the refinery is currently in stable condition at reduced rates. The refinery is no longer flaring. The incident was determined to be a Level 2 situation, no shelter in place was issued.

“This is a public health advisory for Martinez, Pacheco, North Concord and Clyde. An incident at the Tesoro Refinery could affect individuals with respiratory sensitivities. Most people will not be affected. Eye, skin, nose or throat irritation may be possible for some people in the affected area.”

Residents who experience any irritation are advised to to go inside and rinse any irritated area of their body with water. Handle this as advisory information only.

The incident has since been downgraded to a CWS Level 0, according to refinery officials.

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