Florida officers say fuel stations equipped by CITGO have ‘robust chance’ of diesel contamination

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By Stacy Connor


Florida officers introduced on Sunday that gas bought after 10 a.m. on Saturday was probably contaminated with diesel if it was equipped by CITGO from the Port of Tampa.

The Florida Division of Agriculture and Shopper Companies (FDACS) made the announcement on social media, saying the contamination was brought on by human error.

Gov. Ron DeSantis famous the announcement throughout a press convention relating to Tropical Storm Idalia, which is barreling towards the U.S. southern coast and will make landfall in Florida.

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DeSantis mentioned an investigation into the gas contamination and the way widespread it’s, is underway.

The governor additionally mentioned the contamination was “simply human error,” and the employees put diesel in tanks that had been speculated to be for normal gasoline.

“Clearly if in case you have a tank of fuel, and it’s 90% common and 10% diesel, the dilution…most likely might not wreck your automobile, however I imply should you put an entire tank of diesel in, that’s going to be a serious, main drawback,” DeSantis mentioned.

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He added that he spoke with FDACS Wilton Simpson, who mentioned they had been attempting to get a listing of all of the fuel stations which will have cross-contaminated gas, so individuals know in the event that they crammed up at these stations.

The FDACS mentioned if anybody believes they had been offered contaminated fuel, they will file a grievance by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA or by visiting fdacs.gov.

A spokesperson for CITGO informed Fox Information Digital that on Saturday, the corporate found contaminated product at its Tampa, Florida terminal due to a product routing concern on the terminal, and instantly shut down the rack.

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“All CITGO Entrepreneurs who lifted gasoline and diesel from the terminal between 8 a.m. and a pair of p.m. have been notified and requested to cease gross sales,” a press release from the corporate learn. “A restricted variety of retail areas are affected, and CITGO is presently coordinating efforts to take away the product from the retail areas that obtained it.”

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The corporate mentioned it’s dedicated to secure, dependable and accountable operations and is conducting a full investigation into the incident.

CITGO additionally mentioned it’s dedicated to sustaining the high quality of its fuels and making certain buyer confidence in its merchandise and model.

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If a shopper believes they bought contaminated gas on or after Aug. 26, they will file a declare with the CITGO Good Gasoline Assure program on the corporate’s web site.



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