Businessman Tveten dead |

Businessman Tveten dead

Christina Proctor

Joe Tveten, a South Shore businessman, was found dead in his Tahoe Keys home Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators said the cause of death is unknown, but there were no indications of criminal activity. South Lake Tahoe police detective Martin Hewlett said Tveten was found by a relative around 2 p.m. in his home on the 400 block of Tahoe Keys Boulevard. Hewlett said Tveten was in his 40s.

A wholesale auto dealer and member of the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, Tveten owned the Tveten Motor Company in Meyers. He also owned the beleaguered Meyers Beacon gas station, which was battling problems with MTBE contamination.

El Dorado County forced Tveten to shut the gas station down at the end of August after an inspector for the county’s department of environmental management found numerous violations relating to the equipment and operational procedures. The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board fined Tveten $84,000 for having leaked MTBE into the groundwater and failing to comply with clean-up orders. Tveten was appealing the fine.

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