Exxon settles pollution case with feds by upgrading 8 plants, including one in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - ExxonMobil is settling air pollution cases with the Trump administration by promising to spend about $300 million on pollution-control technology at several plants along the Gulf Coast.

Federal officials said Tuesday that the settlement will prevent thousands of tons of future pollution, including cancer-causing benzene, in eight petrochemical plants in Texas and Louisiana.

The settlement ends allegations that Exxon violated the federal Clean Air Act by releasing excess emissions of harmful pollutants.

Exxon says it will install and operate pollution-control and monitoring technology at petrochemical plants in Baytown, Beaumont and Mont Belvieu, Texas, and near Baton Rouge. The company released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

Over the last several years, ExxonMobil has worked closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to address concerns about flaring and to invest in opportunities to improve flaring efficiency at our U.S. chemical sites. As part of that work, we have finalized a consent decree with the EPA and DOJ which includes requirements to upgrade and operate flare monitoring and control systems at our chemical facilities, including Baton Rouge.

The Justice Department and the State of Colorado announced a smaller settlement over pollution charges against Denver-based PDC Energy Inc.

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