Tesoro to pay $1.1 million penalty for air pollution law violations

The Associated PressMay 30, 2013 

The Tesoro Corp. oil refinery in Nikiski, Alaska, is seen Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006.

AL GRILLO — AP

— Tesoro has agreed to pay a $1.1 million penalty to resolve violations of federal air pollution laws.

The Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement with Tesoro over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at four refining facilities that produce gasoline, including one near Kenai.

EPA accused Tesoro of failing to comply with record keeping, reporting, sampling and testing requirements under the agency's fuel program. It said the violations also occurred at facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah; Mandan, N.D. and Anacortes, Wash.

EPA says the fuel program requirements are in place to ensure that gasoline complies with fuel quality and performance standards. If not, EPA says there could be an increase in harmful air pollution.

Tesoro says it's resolving the problem and takes its environmental obligations seriously. The EPA requires refineries to ensure that gasoline complies with fuel quality and performance standards. 

The San Antonio, Texas-based company is being required to submit a plan to ensure it properly tests batches of gasoline at all seven of its western U.S. refineries.

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