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Alabama Gasoline Refiner Falsifies Clean Air Report

Release Date: 06/05/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842/

(06/05/03) Jet-Pep, Inc., a gasoline refiner located in Holly Pond, Ala., pled guilty on May 30 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, to violating the Clean Air Act. The company failed to perform a chemical analysis of the components of its gasoline and then report to EPA that the tests had been done. Chemical analyses are required on gasoline to ensure that their components do not produce unacceptably high levels of pollution when they are burned in internal combustion engines. Higher than permitted levels of emissions can contribute to the development of respiratory diseases and can increase the severity of respiratory distress in people who already suffer from diseases of the lungs. When sentenced, Jet-Pep faces a maximum sentence of up to five years probation and/or a fine of up to $500,000. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and EPA’s Office of Inspector General in Atlanta, Ga. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham and U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.