The State Water Resources Board entered a $1.66 million settlement agreement with Chevron Corporation to resolve Chevron’s alleged violations of regulations that prohibit companies from double billing for underground storage tank cleanup costs.
The settlement follows a series of legal actions begun when a third party filed a complaint on April 6, 2010, alleging that Chevron defrauded the State Water Board’s underground storage tanks cleanup fund by seeking reimbursement from the fund for leaking UST remediation work, after already being reimbursed for cleanup costs at the same sites through other means.
The State Water Board, working with the State Attorney General’s Office, reviewed company records, invoices and other documents and determined that false or misleading statements appeared to have occurred involving claims Chevron made to the UST cleanup fund.
“The State Water Board protects public health, safety, and welfare through its administration of the UST Fund,” said Cris Carrigan, Chief of the State Water Board’s Office of Enforcement. “It is imperative that claimants not engage in bad faith or fraud in accessing these vitally important public-benefit funds by submitting false or misleading statements.”