Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million in fines, improvements and other payments to settle violations at Baton Rouge-area plants. About $2.3 million will resolve violations occurring from 2008 into this year at four plants, including the company’s Baton Rouge refinery. Another $62,000 relates to a release of naphtha in June 2012 at the Baton Rouge Complex. The naphtha leak prompted the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to inspect the plant. The EPA found violations including corroded pipes and under-developed emergency procedures.
The settlement includes at least $1 million for beneficial environmental projects and another $1 million in improvements at the Baton Rouge Complex. The state agency and Exxon Mobil also agreed to penalties for future pollution, with different amounts for different violations – increasing with time or amount of pollution. It appears that this is a good settlement for Louisiana.
Marylee Orr, executive director with Louisiana Environmental Action Network, said proposed contributions to local community projects are good, but the penalty list is really significant. She had this to say:
With the establishment of stipulated penalties, Louisiana, for the first time ever, has created an objective and transparent system for enforcing environmental regulations.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality announced the settlement August 27th. Before it’s final the state’s Attorney General must approve the settlement, which is expected to happen.
Source: Claims Journal
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