EPA Fines Three Companies for Illegally Mixing Gas
DENVER -- The Environmental Protection Agency fined Western Convenience Stores Inc., Offen Petroleum Inc. and Rocky Mountain Pipeline System LLC $2.5 million for allegedly mixing and distributing over a million gallons of illegal gasoline, according to a report in The Denver Post.
Court documents filed by EPA officials state that the company mixed certified gasoline, ethanol and a gasoline byproduct from natural gas production. EPA regulations prohibit the refining and selling of gasoline that exceeds sulfur, benzene and volatility standards.
Officials further stated that the mix was sold at dozens of Western Convenience and other fuel stations and released as much as 10 tons of excess pollutants into the air, according to the Post.