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Published May 30, 2013, 01:02 PM

Tesoro to pay $1.1 million penalty

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Tesoro has agreed to pay a $1.1 million penalty to resolve violations of federal air pollution laws.

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Tesoro has agreed to pay a $1.1 million penalty to resolve violations of federal air pollution laws.

The Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement with Tesoro over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at four refining facilities that produce gasoline, including one in Kenai.

EPA accused Tesoro of failing to comply with record keeping, reporting, sampling and testing requirements under the agency's fuel program. It said the violations also occurred at facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah; Mandan, N.D. and Anacortes, Wash.

EPA says the fuel program requirements are in place to ensure that gasoline complies with fuel quality and performance standards. If not, EPA says there could be an increase in harmful air pollution.

Tesoro is being required to implement a plan to prevent future violations.

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