Exxon Mobil Case Settles for $35,000

This page last reviewed April 8, 2010

On May 2, 2008, Exxon Mobil Torrance Refinery produced a batch of California reformulated blend stock for oxygen blending (CARBOB) with an ethanol limit specified in its alternative formulation of 5.7 percent volume.  On May 12, 2008, Exxon Mobil advised Air Resources Board staff that the actual ethanol content of the final blend was 7.7 percent volume, which failed to conform to the certified alternative formulation.  The California Code of Regulations Title 13, Section 2265 (b)(1)(C) prohibits the sale, offer for sale, supply, or offer for supply of any California reformulated gasoline from a production or importation facility unless it conforms with the alternative formulation specified in its certification.  During the five years preceding this violation, Exxon Mobil has had three fuels specification violations.  On August 17, 2009, the case was settled for $35,000.