Chevron Refinery Fire
A federal team is standing by waiting for the all clear to investigate the fire at Richmond’s Chevron refinery, but the results may not come for another two years.
A massive refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is likely to increase West Coast gas prices was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years.
About 1,000 claims forms have been filed since thick smoke and soot from a massive fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery Monday evening sent 950 area residents to local hospitals, a Chevron spokesman said Wednesday afternoon.
The air quality in western Contra Costa County was determined safe after test results for 23 petroleum-related pollutants were analyzed Tuesday after a fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond on Monday night, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
East Bay residents used a town hall meeting Tuesday to sound off at company executives over a massive fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond on Monday night. Hundreds of residents sought medical treatment for respiratory problems, but experts concluded Tuesday it was “not a significant health concern.”