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Bloomberg: BP, Shell Settle Charges Gasoline Didn’t Meet Air Standards

By Tina Seeley

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) — BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc agreed to pay a combined $1.5 million to settle accusations that the companies produced and distributed gasoline that didn’t meet federal clean-air standards, the U.S. government said.

Under the agreements, BP will pay a civil penalty of $900,000 and Shell will pay $600,000, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement today.

The agreements settle charges that the companies’ gasoline didn’t meet federal standards aimed at reducing air pollutants such as smog and carbon monoxide from cars. The fuel was sold between 1999 and 2004 to filling stations in several states including Illinois, New York and Missouri, the agency said.

The Shell settlement relates to actions by Motiva Enterprises, a joint venture between Shell and Saudi Arabia’s state oil company, and Equilon Enterprises, a subsidiary of Shell, which is based in The Hague. For London-based BP, the agency found violations at its refinery in Texas City, Texas, and a refinery in Yorktown, Virginia, that the company sold to Giant Industries Inc. in 2002.

Neither company admitted or denied wrongdoing in the settlements. The EPA said some of the violations were reported by the companies and others were discovered by the government.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tina Seeley in Washington at [email protected] .

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