3 companies fined by EPA for bad gas

DENVER — Western Convenience Stores Inc. and two other companies have been fined $2.5 million for allegedly illegally mixing and distributing more than a million gallons of bad gasoline.

Environmental Protection Agency officials in court documents filed Thursday say Western Convenience, Offen Petroleum Inc. and Houston-based Rocky Mountain Pipeline System LLC mixed certified gasoline with ethanol and a gasoline byproduct from natural gas production. The Denver Post reports that federal officials say the mix caused vehicles that filled up at dozens of Western Convenience and other retail stations in Colorado and Nebraska to spew as much as 10 tons of excess pollutants into the air.

EPA regulations prohibit refining and selling gas exceeding sulfur, benzene and volatility standards.

In a statement, Western Convenience says none of the alleged violations were intentional.



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