Exxon Units to Pay $2.4 Million for Pollution Violations
April 19, 2010
The Justice Department said Exxon Mobil Corp. units will pay a total of $2.4 million for allegedly breaking federal law by failing to control pollution emissions, reported by the Associated Press. The U.S. Department of Justice said Mobil Oil Guam and Mobil Oil Mariana Islands discharged hundreds of tons of organic compounds into the air every year from gasoline terminals on Cabras Island in Guam and the Lower Base area of Saipan. It said the businesses did not comply with pollution limits; install monitors; submit required reports; and failed to put in some vapor pollution controls. The agency said vapors can leak from storage tanks, pipes, and tank trucks, as they are loaded. The Exxon Mobil units did not place vapor controls on any loading racks at the two gasoline terminals, while 13 gasoline storage tanks also did not have vapor controls, the Justice Department said. Both Exxon units will install pollution controls and monitors, make reports, and get the necessary permits. The department said the two subsidiaries expect to spend will spend more than $15 million to bring the terminals into compliance with Clean Air laws. The monitoring and controls will reduce their discharge of volatile organic compounds by almost 400 tons per year.