Martinez residents are suing the refinery after a year of incidents that shook the community

Martinez residents are suing the refinery after a year of incidents that shook the community

In addition to releasing the spent catalyst, Martinez Refining also released “coke dust” in nearby neighborhoods in the second week of July. The second version, which did not leave the site, was released on July 23. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

Martinez Refining, already facing a series of investigations after a series of industrial accidents, is now being sued by two Martinez residents in a proposed class action that demands the company stop operating until it proves it can do so safely.

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