By KRISTIN JONES
Tesoro has agreed to pay a $1.1 million civil penalty to
resolve claims that it failed to sample and test gasoline
produced by its refineries, the Environmental Protection Agency said
The independent refiner didn't comply with recordkeeping,
reporting, sampling and testing requirements at four refineries
producing conventional gasoline, in violation of the Clean Air
Act, the EPA said.
The agency said the penalty was the largest ever issued for
violations like these.
A spokeswoman for the company, Tina Barbee, said the
allegations were primarily tied to the testing of gasoline
batches and reporting their quality to the EPA between 2003 and
2006. She said the company takes environmental compliance very
seriously and worked to resolve the issues.
The violations didn't result in known damage to human health
or the environment.
But the regulatory agency said that testing and sampling
failures can make it hard for the EPA to know whether the fuel
has met environmental standards. They can
also result in increased emission of harmful gases and damage
emission control equipment.
In its complaint, EPA alleged that the violations occurred
at Tesoro's facilities in Anacortes, Washington;
Kenai, Alaska; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Mandan, North
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