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Martinez Refining Company Investigating “White Dust” On Vehicles Throughout City


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The Martinez Refining Company, who earlier issued a statement regarding flaring at their refinery on Pacheco Blvd., is now investigating “white dust” on vehicles throughout the city, according to the company.

The following is from the Martinez Refining Company:

We have received calls from our neighbors who are reporting white dust on their cars. A Refinery Team Leader has taken samples from various locations, and we will have them tested by a lab to identify the substance(s). If you have white dust on your vehicle, please email A photo(s) and an address will help us with our investigation. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we investigate.


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Charles November 25, 2022 - 11:21 PM - 11:21 PM

All of downtown is blanketed. It would be simpler to email them if you DON’T have white dust on your car.

Gebertx November 26, 2022 - 8:03 AM - 8:03 AM


Exit 12A November 26, 2022 - 9:11 AM - 9:11 AM

Claims and lawsuits are being drafted…

Aylarja November 26, 2022 - 9:18 AM - 9:18 AM

Because of wind direction, dust on cars in downtown Martinez wouldn’t likely be the refinery. It will be interesting to find out what the substance is as that should give a good indication.

SAM November 26, 2022 - 9:20 AM - 9:20 AM

Brimstone? What are you guys doing down there?

T-Rex November 26, 2022 - 9:24 AM - 9:24 AM

Chemical warfare

SamE November 26, 2022 - 9:47 AM - 9:47 AM

Martinez is special in that their dust is a cleaner white than the gray dust on my vehicles.

Anon November 26, 2022 - 2:49 PM - 2:49 PM

According to what I can see (all of the floaters) on my security cam, it began around 9:20pm Thursday night and lasted for 3 hours.

Scott November 26, 2022 - 3:10 PM - 3:10 PM

We have it all over our property. It almost looks like soot from a fire. Are there any fires nearby?

Mike November 26, 2022 - 5:21 PM - 5:21 PM

I worked at the refinery for over 30 years. This very fine Gray colored dusting looks like catalyst from the cat cracker unit. The same unit has been having mechanical problems for the last few days.

Amos Moses November 27, 2022 - 1:38 PM - 1:38 PM

Sunday the 27th Autopia car wash.
Paid for by PBF REFINERY
ON Alhambra road
Just had my car cleaned

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