BP Products North America, Inc. Settlement 2020
BP Products North America, Inc. Settles For $188,000
In June 2020, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and BP Products North America, Inc. (BP), of Chicago, Illinois, reached a settlement whereby BP agreed to pay $188,000 in penalties for violations of section 95494 of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation, which requires reports to be submitted completely and accurately. As part of a routine onsite audit of the River Birch landfill and gas upgrading facility located in Avondale, Louisiana.
CARB’s Enforcement Division staff discovered a previously undisclosed fuel source. Quarterly LCFS fuel transaction reports were submitted using previously certified LCFS fuel pathways that did not include the use of fossil natural gas. The carbon intensity score (CI) discovered onsite was lower than the actual CI of the fuel reported. Specifically, CARB alleged that these violations arose from the parties’ failure to disclose natural gas used in the pathway lifecycle.
BP has fully cooperated with CARB in this matter and has worked with their partners to retire 1,912 credits erroneously generated, and has paid a civil penalty into two funds: $98,500 will go to CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund; and $89,500 will go to the Coalition for a Safe Environment to fund a Supplemental Environment Project that surveys freight truck movement in the community of Wilmington for proper environmental planning. BP and their partners are now in compliance with the LCFS regulation.