Settlement Reached With Owner Of Underground Storage Tanks For Environmental Violations

November 24, 2021 10:00 am · 2 comments

Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton announced her office, together with 22 other California District Attorneys and City Attorneys, have reached a settlement with Hassan & Sons, Inc., referred to as “H&S Energy”, over allegations that the companies violated state laws regarding the operation and maintenance of motor vehicle fuel underground storage tanks (“USTs”).

The settlement includes $1,100,000 in civil penalties, and investigative costs. H&S Energy has 113 fueling stations in California, of which, seven locations are in Contra Costa County.

The settlement follows an investigation by local environmental health agencies of H&S Energy stations non-compliance with many provisions of the UST regulations.

“UST owners and operators must comply with the applicable regulations in order to prevent potential harm to the environment,” said District Attorney Diana Becton. “H&S Energy was cooperative with the People’s investigation and expended significant resources in order to bring their stations into compliance.”

Under the settlement, H&S Energy must implement certain compliance assurance programs including hiring an environmental compliance manager. In addition, H&S Energy must pay $900,000 in civil penalties and $200,000 in costs.

Chicken Little November 24, 2021 at 10:12 AM

I wonder why gas prices are so high in California?

[sarcasm]I’m sure glad we have a DA that’s tackling the problems that really matter to everyday citizens, though.[/sarcasm]

WC November 24, 2021 at 12:44 PM

Becton wants gas prices to go up in line with their green-communist agenda.

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