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OFFICE OF THE

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

PLACER COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

R. SCOTT OWENS, DISTRICT ATTORNEY

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 17, 2016

CONTACT:
Assistant District Attorney, Jeff

Wilson
916-543-8000
jwilson@placer.ca.gov

District Attorney R. Scott Owens and Attorney


General Kamala D. Harris Announce $14 Million
Settlement with BP for Underground Storage Tank
Violations
ROSEVILLE, CA. --- Placer County District Attorney Scott R. Owens and
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a $14 million settlement
with BP West Coast Products LLC, BP Products North America, Inc., and
Atlantic Richfield Company over allegations that the companies violated
state laws regarding operating and maintaining motor vehicle fuel
underground storage tank laws. The Attorney Generals Office, the Placer
County District Attorneys Office and several district attorneys across the
state allege that BP failed to properly inspect and maintain underground
tanks used to store gasoline for retail sale at approximately 780 gas stations
in California over a period of 10 years and violated other hazardous material
and hazardous waste laws.
Our County is unwavering in its dedication to protecting our citizens and
environment, and will continue to be steadfast in our investigation and
prosecution of companies that violate state environmental laws, said DA
Scott Owens. Ms. Crues work on this case was exemplar, and it was an
honor to work with the Attorney Generals Office and our fellow District
Attorneys.
BP endangered our water supply, environment, and the health of
Californians by failing to adequately operate underground gasoline storage
tanks, said Attorney General Harris. The California Department of Justice
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takes environmental violations seriously and will hold accountable


companies that jeopardize public health or safety.

The Attorney General's office and the Placer County District Attorneys Office
were joined in this enforcement action by Alameda County District Attorney
Nancy E. OMalley, Glenn County District Attorney Dwayne Stewart, Merced
County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II, Nevada County District Attorney
Clifford Newell, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos, San
Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis, Stanislaus County District
Attorney Birgit Fladager, and Yuba County District Attorney Patrick McGrath.
The complaint alleges that, since 2006, BP has improperly monitored,
inspected, and maintained underground storage tanks used to store gasoline
for retail sale; tampered with or disabled leak detection devices; and
improperly handled and disposed of hazardous wastes and materials
associated with the underground storage tanks at retail gas stations
throughout California. In addition, the complaint alleges that BP failed to test
secondary containment systems, conduct monthly inspections, train
employees in proper protocol, and maintain operational alarm systems.
The settlement is subject to approval by the Alameda County Superior Court.
BP currently owns or operates 73 facilities in California and at the beginning
of this investigation, owned or operated approximately 780 facilities.
In 2015, Attorney General Harris and District Attorney Owens announced an
$11.5 million settlement with Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips, resolving law
enforcement allegations that the companies violated state laws governing
the proper operation and maintenance of underground storage tanks used to
store gasoline for retail sale. The companies failed to comply with hazardous
materials and hazardous waste laws at over 560 gasoline stations owned or
operated by the companies in California.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Jane Crue prosecuted the case for the Placer
County District Attorneys Office. A copy of the stipulation is attached.