Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Settlement, 2014
Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Case Settles for $5,000
In April 2014, Chevron paid $5,000 in penalties for supplying gasoline in violation of California reformulated gasoline regulations. In April 2010, Chevron supplied more than 7,000 gallons of gasoline without adequate amounts of ethanol from its Avon terminal. California’s motor vehicle fuel regulation allows gasoline supplied within the state to contain ethanol in accordance with producer/importer specifications. The ethanol concentration of the E10 loads supplied were actually 5.7 vol% of ethanol. It appears that an accidental activation of the old E5.7 product code during changes in preparation for the seasonal switch to summer fuel caused Regular and Premium fuel meters to dispense inadequate amounts of ethanol. The violation was discovered then self-disclosed. Audits by Enforcement staff verified the violation. Chevron took steps to investigate, locate and remove the non-compliant fuel. Chevron has stated the E5.7 product codes are being disabled and will not be available for product sale from any Chevron terminal in California to prevent any chance of similar recurrence.