LANSING, MI — Michigan regulators have signed a $35.2 million settlement with a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp. to pay for toxic site cleanup at dozens of gas stations where leaking underground storage tanks were discovered.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office announced the consent agreement on Thursday, Sept. 3.
The settlement pays for cleanup at 79 gas stations in 28 counties in the Lower Peninsula formerly owned by the Premcor Refining Group, which is owned by Valero Energy. Most of the sites are current or former Clark stations where the initial pollution was released more than 20 years ago.
Premcor previously owned the properties before transferring them to a company that later went insolvent, according to EGLE. The state will receive payments over the next year.
About $1.2 million will reimburse the state for past taxpayer-funded cleanup work