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Rhodia Chemical Plant Incident in Martinez- All Clear

The incident at Rhodia Chemical in Martinez is over and Contra Costa Health Services is calling the situation "All Clear". People can go about their normal business.

The CCHS was alerted to the incident at 8:06 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2006 when an instrument failure caused a plume to be released into the air. The plume contained mostly water vapor but did include some sulfur dioxide though the amount was within allowable limits. A health advisory was issued for Martinez but was lifted at 8:37 a.m. The incident could have affected individuals with respiratory sensitivities. Most people will not be affected. Eye, skin, nose or throat irritation may be possible for some people in the immediate vicinity of Rhodia.

Contra Costa Health Services Hazardous Materials Programs has staff investigating and monitoring the impacted communities and has taken samples. Rhodia will be required to submit a report to the Hazardous Materials Program. Updated information will be posted on the Contra Costa Health Services website

For more information contact: Contra Costa Health Services Tel: 925-646-2286.

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