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Tesoro plant spews acid, 2 hurt.

A Tesoro spokeswoman, however, would not identify the chemical which the two contract workers were exposed to while carrying out maintenance on a unit at the Martinez refinery."The contractors were doing maintenance, with full protective safety equipment worn," Tesoro spokeswoman Tina Barbee said in a statement. "They were decontaminated in a shower and have been transported to a local medical facility."Lacey Friedman, a Contra Costa County hazardous materials specialist, said in a telephone interview that one of the workers has been released while the second remains in a hospital under observation.An initial description of the accident released by the Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Programme said one of the workers was "saturated" by the acid.On February 12, an alkylation unit involved in gasoline production was shut at the 166,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Martinez refinery after a sulphuric acid release injured two workers. Tesoro told the Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Programme that the latest two workers were sprayed with the acid while working on the alkylation unit, Friedman said."We believe it was the same unit, but a different process area from the sampling area," Friedman said.A spokesman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/Osha), which is investigating the earlier accident, said the agency was told the workers were sprayed by sulphuric acid from the alkylation unit."We've issued an order to preserve the site of the incident," Cal/Osha spokesman Peter Melton said.

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