Santa Rosa gas station owner ordered to pay $500,000 for environmental violations

27 January 2023

The owner of gas stations in Sonoma and several other Bay Area counties has been ordered to pay $500,000 to settle allegations that the corporation failed to follow state environmental laws.

In Sonoma County, the judgment affected the Chevron gas station on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Charles Smiley’s ruling against the Alam and Faizan Corp. (with Mahmoud Alam as chief executive officer) also affected stations in Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Mendocino and Yolo counties.

Owners and operators of underground storage tanks at retail gas stations in California are subject to fair yet stringent environmental rules and requirements, designed to prevent underground petroleum releases to surface and ground water.

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