ExxonMobil to pay $2.4m to settle violations at Louisiana sites

26 August 2013 17:30  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil has agreed to a $2.329m (€1.747m) settlement to resolve violations that occurred at four of its Baton Rouge area facilities, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced on Monday.

The agency has also issued a fine of nearly $62,000 against the company for violations related to a steam-cracked naphtha release on 14 June 2012 at its Baton Rouge Complex, the DEQ said.

Under the proposed settlement, ExxonMobil must pay over $1m to support the DEQ’s Beneficial Environmental Projects. Additionally, the company must spend at least $1m to implement spill prevention control and countermeasures, as well as make improvements at its Baton Rouge Complex.

“I believe the environmental projects proposed by ExxonMobil as part of this settlement will provide long-lasting environmental benefits for citizens residing and working in and around the Greater Baton Rouge area,” said DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch.

The proposed settlement is subject to approval by the Louisiana attorney general’s office before it can be finalised.

ExxonMobil did not immediately respond on Monday to a request for comment.

($1 = €0.75)

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