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Media Advisory

Meeting to Address Concerns, Answer Questions about Phillips 66 Refinery Release

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


A community meeting will be held next week to talk about the recent chemical release from the Phillips 66 Rodeo refinery, describe the county's response to the incident and to give residents an opportunity to ask questions. On June 15, the seam of a tank storing processed water at the Phillips 66 refinery separated and allowed hydrogen sulfide vapors into the air, causing a rotten egg odor. Speakers at the meeting will include representatives from Phillips 66 and County Supervisor Federal Glover's office, Public Health Director Dr. Wendel Brunner and Chief Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials Officer Randy Sawyer.


Members of all affected communities are encouraged to attend.


The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 2.


Crockett Community Center, 850 Pomona Street, Crockett, CA 94525


The release persisted throughout the area and people may have felt nausea, had headaches or people with respiratory sensitivities may have affected their breathing. Hazardous Materials Ombudsman Michael Kent said it is important to be transparent when such incidents occur so the public is aware of what happened, what is being done and what follow-up actions are taking place.
People are encouraged to follow Contra Costa Health Services on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates about health emergencies in Contra Costa.

To download an initial 72-hour report of the incident, visit

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