MARTINEZ — Residents here and in Pacheco awoke Friday to a public health advisory after an incident at the Shell Refinery, officials said.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Warning System issued the advisory around 5:45 a.m. The county’s hazardous materials team responded to the incident, which happened at an unspecified time.
According to a statement from Shell, the incident was defined as a “unit upset,” during which part of the operations on a project are not up to standard.
“Out of caution, we’ve called a Community Warning System level 2,” the statement from the company said, referring to the warning that went out to residents. “To this point, we have not seen anything on our fence line monitors or through our community monitoring” to indicate residents are affected.
According to the advisory, residents may experience eye, skin, nose or throat irritation and should go inside and rinse out the irritated area of their body if they do.
Most people are not expected to be affected, according to the advisory.
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Health advisory for Martinez, Pacheco residents after Shell Refinery incident