Shelter-in-Place Ordered in Contra Costa County - NBC Bay Area

Shelter-in-Place Ordered in Contra Costa County



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    Excess flaring at the ConocoPhillips refinery in Rodeo has  prompted a health warning for residents in Crockett and Rodeo, according to Bay City News.

    The problem began between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. when the  refinery's hydrogen plant went down, Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials  Program Director Randy Sawyer said.

    When the equipment failed, the refinery began using its flare to  burn off excess fuel.

    The problems continued and the refinery sent more and more  material to the flare until, at about 2:30 p.m., officials issued an advisory  for local residents.

    Sawyer said he believes the flare might not be able to burn up the  amount of material being released and some un-combusted odors and  hydrocarbons could be impacting the community.

    Sawyer said health officials were not issuing a shelter-in-place  warning at this time, but warned that people with respiratory illnesses like  asthma or emphysema could be affected by the release of the materials.

    If the problems get worse, a shelter-in-place warning could be  issued. Residents would be notified with sirens and telephone calls.

    The refinery is located at 1380 San Pablo Ave. in Rodeo