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Breaking News: Hot Weather Forecast for Inland Contra Costa
Last updated: June 16, 2021, 8:41 am

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Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) recommends everyone take steps to stay safe and healthy in the hot weather forecast for inland communities today through the weekend. Follow this link for air-conditioned county buildings open to the public Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 211 or check your city's web page for information about other places to stay cool near you. Visit for health information about hot weather.

Media Advisory

Oil Release Cleanup for Northern Martinez Residents

For release November 10, 2005

Archived. This is an older press release from 2005 and may not contain the latest information. Please view our current press releases for 2021 items.


Contra Costa Health Services is recommending that residents of northern Martinez wash certain outdoor items before using them as a result of the November 8 oil spray release at the Shell Martinez Refinery.


Residents are recommended to wash outdoor play equipment or patio furniture before they or their children use it, as well as washing homegrown produce before eating it.


The recommendation is for residents of Martinez living north of Highway 4, as the oil spray did not travel far from the refinery, which is at 3485 Pacheco Blvd.


"Although there were no apparent health impacts from the release, it could be unhealthy for children using play equipment or anyone consuming homegrown produce, particularly the peels, before they are washed," said Dr. William Walker, Director of Contra Costa Health Services. "If there is trace oil on the equipment, it could potentially be a irritant to the skin or if ingested."


To get more information on the release, a summary is available online at or by calling or 925-646-2286.

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