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In a recent article published by KTLA 5, top officials at a California fuel company are now facing serious charges linked to an alleged decade-long operation where the company reportedly distributed old and contaminated fuel from scrapyards to gas stations throughout the state.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recently pressed felony charges against Lamb Fuels, Inc. executives, accusing them of unlawfully treating and transporting hazardous waste to unlicensed facilities across the state.
Investigation of Contaminated Fuel Scandal
Investigations suggest that Lamb Fuels orchestrated a systematic plan, spanning from at least 2012 to 2021, wherein truck drivers were reportedly instructed to gather contaminated waste fuel from scrapyards daily. Subsequently, this fuel was allegedly treated illegally and then sold as new to gas stations statewide. The contaminated fuel was sourced from wrecked and abandoned vehicles, according to officials.
Lamb Fuels operated without the necessary permits for treating or transporting hazardous waste, yet reaped significant profits from this “widespread, sophisticated scheme.” Alarmingly, this means that unsuspecting consumers may have unknowingly fueled their vehicles with substandard fuel for several years.
Where was the Contaminated Fuel Sold?
The affected gas stations, where the tainted fuel was sold, were often situated in economically challenged communities already burdened by environmental issues. Meredith Williams, Director of DTSC, condemned the accused executives’ actions as “gross negligence” and a “complete disregard for the environment and public safety.”
The illegal enterprise came to light after an online complaint reached the State Agency, prompting criminal investigators to initiate a case against Lamb Fuels. The ongoing investigation involves collaboration between DTSC, the California Attorney General’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies.
State Attorney General Rob Bonta emphasized California’s commitment to safeguarding its natural beauty, stating that environmental crimes harm communities and necessitate strict regulations to protect the state’s integrity. The accused executives were arraigned on Jan. 26, entering pleas of not guilty. They have been instructed to surrender themselves by Feb. 26, with the CEO surrendering his passport. The trio is scheduled to appear in court on May 7, as per DTSC officials.
How is Rebel Fleet Different?
In contrast, Rebel Fleet, the cardlock division of Beck Oil, Inc. has been highlighted for sourcing their fuel directly from the rack, supplied directly from the refiner. This emphasizes a transparent and legitimate supply chain, distinct from the illicit practices alleged in the Lamb Fuels case.
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