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newsrel -- Chevron fined $422,500 for selling non-compliant gasoline and diesel to the California market

Posted: 18 Jul 2013 12:08:44
Please consider the following release from the California Air
Resources Board Office of Communications:. 
Chevron fined $422,500 for selling non-compliant gasoline and
diesel to the California market

Sacramento — Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has paid $422,500 in penalties
for supplying gasoline and diesel fuel in violation of California
regulations designed to protect air quality.

Chevron agreed to pay the penalties as part of three separate
settlements it reached with the California Air Resources Board.
In all, 15.9 million gallons of fuel were in violation of state
regulations. In two cases, Chevron disclosed the violations. In
the third, ARB enforcement staff discovered the violation as a
result of routine fuel sampling.

Details of each of the three cases are as follows:

•	Chevron paid $205,000 for supplying more than 385,000 gallons
of gasoline in violation of California reformulated gasoline
regulations between mid-June 2009 and Aug. 1, 2009. 
Dispensed from Chevron terminals in Sacramento and San Jose, the
fuel did not contain adequate amounts of ethanol. 

•	Chevron paid $192,500 for supplying more than 15.5 million
gallons of gasoline in violation of California reformulated
gasoline regulations. Analysis of gasoline samples indicated
olefin levels exceeded certain required specifications. Higher
levels of olefin mean more smog will be formed from tailpipe
emissions since hydrocarbons, including olefin, react with
sunlight and other pollutants to form smog.  Chevron was notified
by ARB of the violation, and took immediate steps to find and
rectify the cause to prevent future occurrences. 

•	Chevron paid $25,000 in penalties for supplying and selling
more than 36,000 gallons of diesel fuel in August 2009 that did
not meet a required minimum cetane number. (The cetane number
indicates the combustion quality of a diesel fuel, and how likely
it is to create excess hydrocarbon emissions. When the cetane
number is too low, unburned hydrocarbons, which lead to smog,
tend to increase.)

“With 28 million cars and trucks on California roadways, it is
important for the producers and importers of fuel to adhere to
the state’s gasoline and diesel regulations in order for
California to protect public health and meets its air quality
goals,” said Jim Ryden, chief of ARB’s enforcement division.

In California, motor vehicles are the main source of smog-forming
pollution and diesel exhaust accounts for 70 percent of
Californians’ daily exposure to air toxics. Mobile sources
account for nearly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in
California and more than half of the emissions which contribute
to ozone, the main ingredient in smog, and particulate matter,
tiny particles that can lodge deep in the lungs and increase the
risk of health problems.



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