Update: Court rules against ExxonMobil, upholds record Clean Air Act penalty

One of the largest and longest-running citizen enforcement suits ever brought under the federal Clean Air Act may finally be nearing a conclusion.

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ExxonMobil Refinery, Baytown TX

The federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday against ExxonMobil Corporation for the third time and upheld a record $14.25 million civil penalty. The trial judge levied this unprecedented fine to punish the company for 3,651 instances of illegal flaring and other unauthorized releases of pollutants over a period of eight years at its Baytown, Texas, oil refinery and chemical plant complex.

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