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Alabama Gasoline Refiner Sentenced for Falsifying Clean Air Report

Release Date: 08/06/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842 /

(08/06/03) Jet-Pep Inc., a gasoline refiner located in Holly Pond, Ala., was sentenced to pay a $200,000 fine and serve three years probation on July 30 in U.S. District Court of Alabama. The company violated the Clean Air Act by failing to perform a chemical analysis of the components of its gasoline and then reporting 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 those who already suffer from diseases of the lungs. The case was investigated by the EPA Criminal Investigation Division and EPA’s Office of Inspector General. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham and the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.