$10,000 in Fines Paid by Allen Gas Truck Stop
page finalized October 7, 2008
GAS TRUCK STOP SETTLES FOR $10,000
response to a
complaint, the Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) of the
Department of Food
& Agriculture sampled the diesel fuel at this truck stop in Chula Vista,
on June 29, 2006. DMS
shared the sample
with the ARB; analysis by our laboratory found that the diesel had a
content of 5,156 parts per million (ppm) and an aromatic hydrocarbon
26.9 percent, both in excess of the cap limits.
ARB’s laboratory determined that the diesel did not
conform to any known
diesel formulation, and appeared to have been contaminated by some
heavy, high-sulfur product.
ARB sampled the
station on June 27, 2006, and found a sulfur content of 1,808 ppm and
aromatic hydrocarbon content of 21.95 percent, both still exceeding cap
the owner of the
station insisted that he had received no deliveries into the diesel
between the time that the June 27 sample was taken and a second ARB
sample was taken
on July 1, 2006, the latest sample showed a sulfur content of 5,645 ppm
aromatic hydrocarbon content of 27.56 percent.
The case was settled on May 15, 2008, for $10,000.