Inspectors Identify Fuel Quality Irregularities at 43% of Filling Stations in Bulgaria

Energy | October 29, 2014, Wednesday // 13:28|  views

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An inspection of Bulgaria’s State Agency for Metrology and Technical Supervision has revealed fuel quality irregularities at 43% of the filling stations.

The inspection also uncovered a large-scale corruption scheme under which over 500 filling station, or 20% of the total of sites registered at the National Revenue Agency (NRA), had been erased from their software and had not undergone checks for years, according to reports of private TV station Nova TV.

The most common violation identified by the authorities was the mixing of gasoline and diesel due to the use of tanks in which both fuel types had been carried.

Agency officials leaked information about the case.

As a result of the fraud scheme, the same number of inspections uncovered a share of just 8% of filling stations with fuel quality irregularities one year ago.

Some 40 people have been dismissed from the Agency since March over the matter.

Senior officials of the Agency submitted the information related to the inspections to the prosecuting authority.

Inspections are underway at petrol bases, with violations discovered so far at 4 out of a total of 10 sites.

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