The US Environmental Protection Agency will take on ExxonMobil on the legal wrath after the company was accused of alleged air pollution at its refinery in Baytown, Texas. According to a press released by EPA.
The EPA claims the refinery modified oxygen-enrichment and blower replacement projects in 1998-99 without the required air quality permit.
ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, also stands accused of failing to perform an air pollution control technology review and air quality analysis.
The notice was issued on the last day of the Clinton administration. The company, which had 30 days to respond to the notice, said that agency and company officials would meet next month to discuss the issue.
The notice is the first step in a chain of enforcement actions that could lead to compliance orders, penalties or ultimately a lawsuit. Penalties for some of the violations could run as high as $25,000 a day.
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