Fuel Contamination Detected at Tampa’s Port Raises Concerns

Potential Fuel Contamination Issue at Port of Tampa: Human Error Causes Concern

TAMPA, Fla. — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has recently uncovered a potential fuel contamination issue, attributing it to human error at the Port of Tampa. This alarming occurrence has raised concerns among consumers and prompted precautionary actions to be taken swiftly.

Fuel purchased after 10 a.m. on Saturday from Citgo-supplied stations at the port has been identified as potentially contaminated with diesel fuel. Recognizing the severity of the situation, Citgo has released a list of affected gas stations in Florida. These stations include Big Dan’s Car Wash in Tarpon Springs, multiple 7-Eleven locations across the state, BJ’s Wholesale outlets, Hand Foods Stores, and various other establishments. The complete list is available for public reference.

The FDACS is particularly concerned about the gas stations in the greater Tampa area north of Chiefland, as well as the stations on Florida’s west coast south of Naples. Citgo supplies fuel to well-known retailers such as BJs and 7-Eleven, as well as unbranded stations. Consequently, the contaminated fuel has the potential to hinder engine performance and adversely affect vehicle functionality.

To mitigate the risks associated with this contamination, the impacted gas stations have ceased all gas sales until clean fuel is provided and their tanks are thoroughly cleaned. The FDACS urges consumers who have purchased fuel from these stations after 10 a.m. on Saturday to remain vigilant, as their vehicles or generators may not operate properly.

In the event that you suspect purchasing contaminated gasoline, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services advises you to file a complaint by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA or by visiting their official website at www.fdacs.gov. By doing so, affected individuals can play a crucial role in addressing this pressing issue.

Acknowledging the urgency of the situation, FDEM (Florida Division of Emergency Management) is working extensively with petroleum retailers, ports, and other stakeholders to ensure that the disruption caused by the contamination remains limited. Furthermore, the governor has directed FDEM to waive size, weight, and hour restrictions to expedite the process of bringing in necessary resources seamlessly and efficiently.

As efforts continue to subdue the potential fallout from this fuel contamination mishap, both authorities and citizens must remain proactive and exercise caution to safeguard against any further complications. Prompt action and collaboration are key to overcoming this challenging predicament and restoring normalcy to the affected areas.

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