- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal judge has ruled for Exxon Mobil in an environmentalist lawsuit that accused the company of ongoing clean air violations at its vast Baytown refinery.

In an 80-page ruling filed Wednesday in Houston, U.S. District Judge David Hittner concluded that the environmentalist nonprofit groups Sierra Club and Environment Texas fell short of meeting their burdens of proof. The groups had accused the Irving, Texas-based oil giant of willfully violating federal clean air laws by emitting millions of pounds of pollutants over an eight-year period.

Baytown refinery spokeswoman Deedra Moe tells The Baytown Sun that the ruling upholds the company’s belief that it has “acted responsibly, respecting both regulatory requirements and the environment.”

Environment Texas director Luke Metzger described his reaction to the ruling as “shock, disappointment, and outrage.”

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Information from: The Baytown Sun, https://www.baytownsun.com

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