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Judge rules for third time that ExxonMobil is responsible for its pollution

After 13 years of litigation, it's long past time for Exxon to finally accept responsibility for its clean air violations.

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Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger in front of ExxonMobil's Baytown, Texas facility.

Once again, a judge has ruled that ExxonMobil must pay for 3,651 instances of illegal flaring and other unauthorized releases of pollutants at its oil refinery and chemical plant complex in Baytown, Texas.

On Aug. 30, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against ExxonMobil Corporation for the third time and upheld a record $14.25 million civil penalty. With the decision, one of the largest and longest-running citizen enforcement suits ever brought under the federal Clean Air Act may finally be nearing a conclusion. Environment Texas is one of the plaintiffs in the case, and our advocacy has been a key part of the effort to make Exxon’s clean air violations known to the public.

“After 13 years of litigation, it’s long past time for Exxon to accept responsibility and finally pay what it owes to the public for years of illegal, toxic pollution,” said Executive Director Luke Metzger of Environment Texas.

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