ExxonMobil has been penalized for violating the Clean Air Act. The U.S District Court judge ordered that the company should pay a penalty of $14.25 million for not complying with the federal laws. For the past 11 years, ExxonMobil has been on this case. A three-judge panel set up to settle the case rejected Exxon’s arguments.
The appellate court ordered Judge David Hittner to carry out further findings about how much Clean Air Violations could cause the type of harm people who reside close to the sprawling refinery suffer from. ExxonMobil’s facility is nearly 25 miles east of downtown Houston. According to report, thousands of people reside within a few miles of this facility.
Judge Hittner realized that the environmental groups proved that for the past 8 years, there has been several instances of chemical odors, illegal releases of air pollutants, ground-level ozone, and other respiratory issues that were associated with the injuries suffered by plaintiffs.
Josh Kratka, Senior Attorney at the National Environmental Law Center said:
We are extremely pleased that Judge Hittner has, once again, assessed a civil penalty against Exxon that is larger than any penalty ever imposed in a Clean Air Act citizen enforcement suit.Josh Kratka
Judge Hittner maintained that ExxonMobil had violated the Clean Air Act every single day for the past eight years. This claim supports Hittner’s penalty evaluation.