December 10, 2023

On an evening when the town handed a decision castigating the Martinez Refining Firm for his or her efficiency during the last 12 months, the refinery’s supervisor issued a set of apologies and an acknowledgment that if the corporate doesn’t get its act collectively quickly, the results could possibly be dire.

“We perceive that not solely being a superb neighbor, however actually our license will depend on our skill to function in a secure and accountable method,” stated Daniel Ingram, supervisor of the Martinez Refining firm. “We don’t take these points frivolously.”

Ingram’s report included a extra full accounting of the spent catalyst launch final November, when residents woke as much as a layer of nice white silt on their vehicles and window sills. The Martinez Refining Firm, whose sprawling campus defines the east aspect of the town, stated the discharge was “non-toxic,” “non-hazardous”, and “naturally occurring” spent catalyst mud used within the refining course of.