Chevron Case Settles for $145,000
This page last reviewed September 10, 2012
In March 2012, Chevron paid $145,000 in penalties for the sale, offer for sale, supply, or offer for supply of CARBOB in violation of California reformulated gasoline regulations. In May of 2007, CARB inspectors obtained a sample of CARBOB during a routine inspection at Chevron’s Richmond refinery. Laboratory analysis of the CARBOB sample from refinery tank 3134 indicated a benzene content of 0.86%, which exceeded the reported predictive model value of 0.71%. An investigation by Chevron indicated that the cause was due to a refinery operator inadequately flushing his sampler while obtaining a sample from the tank. This violation spanned 7 days. After receiving notification of the violation from CARB, Chevron submitted a new predictive model. The CARBOB was analyzed and met the reported limit specifications.