Attorney General Sues Companies for Gas Station Environmental Pollution

Nancy E. O’Malley

Kamala D. Harris

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris this week filed a civil lawsuit against Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips for allegedly violating state law by failing to properly inspect and maintain underground tanks used to store gasoline for retail sale at more than 560 gas stations in California. “The state’s hazardous waste laws help protect our residents from contaminated groundwater,” Harris said. “This lawsuit safeguards public health by ensuring proper maintenance of the tanks that store fuel beneath many California communities.” The Attorney General’s office was joined in this enforcement action by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and other county district attorneys. The complaint filed in Alameda County Superior Court alleges that, since November 2006, Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips have improperly monitored, inspected and maintained underground storage tanks used to store gasoline for retail sale. The complaint alleges that the defendants tampered with or disabled leak detection devices, and failed to test secondary containment systems, conduct monthly inspections, train employees in proper protocol, and maintain operational alarm systems, among other violations. The lawsuit also alleges that the defendants improperly handled and disposed of hazardous wastes and materials associated with the underground storage tanks at retail gas stations throughout the state.
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