By Business First of Columbus

A Texas oil refinery firm will clean up dozens of gas station sites in Ohio as part of a $4 million settlement with the state over allegations that the company illegally released petroleum from underground tanks.

Attorney General Richard Cordray on Thursday said San Antonio-based Premcor Refining Group Inc. has agreed to clean up 55 former Clark-branded gas station sites in the state, six of which are in Central Ohio. In addition to a $4 million civil penalty, the company is on the hook for $3,000 in enforcement costs for each of the 26 counties home to a station, totaling $78,000.

Cordray and the Commerce Departmentâ¿¿s Division of State Fire Marshal Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations accused Premcor, now owned by Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE:VLO), of releasing petroleum from the underground tanks without gauging its environmental impact. Agreeing to the clean-up and penalty isnâ¿¿t an admission of guilt or liability from Premcor, according to consent orders filed Thursday.

Central Ohio sites up for clean-up through the deal are:

â¿¢ 4194 E. Broad St., 2946 Noe Bixby Road, 1825 W. Fifth Ave. and 143 Mill St., all in Columbus;

â¿¢ 612 S. Sandusky St. in Delaware;

â¿¢ and 567 E. Fifth St. in Marysville.

Click here to download a list of Premcor sites statewide tied to the settlement.

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