N.J. Laboratory to Pay $1 Million for Conspiracy

Caleb Brett USA Inc. was sentenced to pay a $1 million fine and serve three years probation for conspiring to mislead EPA\r\ninvestigators.

On April 12, Caleb Brett USA Inc., a subsidiary of London-based Intertek Testing Services Inc., was sentenced to pay a $1 million fine and serve three years probation for conspiring to mislead EPA investigators about a scheme to falsify chemical analyses involving hundreds of millions of gallons of reformulated gasoline (RFG).

In its plea, the company admitted involvement in a scheme to change data on tests of reformulated gasoline samples from 1995 through 1997.

The data changes made it appear as if the gasoline met EPA standards for cleaner burning fuel, when it did not.

Approximately 200-300 million gallons of the substandard gasoline were distributed in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Cleaner burning RFG is required by EPA in some states to reduce air pollutants that can cause a variety of respiratory diseases.

The case was investigated by EPA''s Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Postal Service with the assistance of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and EPA''s National Enforcement Investigations Center.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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