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Exxon Mobil Settles Clean Air Act Cases With Feds, Louisiana

An Exxon Mobil chemical plant outside Baton Rouge, LA.
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An Exxon Mobil chemical plant outside Baton Rouge, LA.

Exxon Mobil will settle air pollution cases with the federal government and the State of Louisiana.


The feds and the state of Louisiana claimed that Exxon Mobil violated the Clean Air Act by releasing excess amounts of harmful pollutants from eight of its chemical plants.


Five of those plants are in Texas. Three of them are in the Baton Rouge area.  All of them make either plastic, or chemicals for plastic — according to EPA officials.

Under the settlement, Exxon will be required to pay a $2.5 million penalty. It will also have to make repairs to the eight plants. It’ll do things like install equipment that better captures pollutants — pollutants like benzene, which the EPA considers a carcinogen.


Those repairs are estimated to cost Exxon about $300 million and could take a couple of years to implement.


The settlement is not an admission of guilt.


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Travis Lux primarily contributes science and health stories to Louisiana's Lab. He studied anthropology and sociology at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and picked up his first microphone at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, MA. In his spare time he loves to cook -- especially soups and casseroles.
Travis Lux
Travis is WWNO's coastal reporter.