has reached a comprehensive Clean Air Act (CAA) agreement with theUS Department of Justice
(DOJ) and theEnvironmental Protection Agency
(EPA) that is expected to reduce harmful air emissions by more than 53,000 tons per year at the company's seven
The seven refineries, located in five states, represent approximately 11% of the total refining capacity in the
The settlement is the 17th in a joint DOJ-EPA initiative to reduce pollution in
The settlements were all reached without litigation as the companies agreed to work with the
The settlement was reached through the lodging of two separate consent decrees, which require ExxonMobil to install and implement innovative control technologies, reducing annual emissions of harmful toxins that can cause serious respiratory problems and exacerbate cases of childhood asthma.
As a result of the agreement, emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) will be reduced by nearly 11,000 tons per year and sulphur dioxide (SO2) by over 42,000 tons per year. In addition, the company will upgrade its leak detection and repair practices, minimise flaring of hazardous gases, reduce emissions from its sulphur recovery plants and adopt strategies to ensure the proper handling of hazardous benzene wastes at each refinery. ExxonMobil has estimated that the capital cost of the injunctive relief program will be approximately $571 million.
Three states have also joined in the settlement:
The affected ExxonMobil refineries are located in
ExxonMobil's refinery in