Exxon's climate change problem: A timeline

ExxonMobil is usually going to clean up the air in Texas along with Louisiana.

A federal court ruled in April which Exxon violated the Clean Air Act by releasing 10 million pounds of pollutants at its Baytown, Texas facility. The Trump administration settled with Exxon on Tuesday.

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As part of the agreement, Exxon will pay $300 million to resolve air pollution allegations at eight of its chemical plants. which will upgrade its pollution-control technology at 5 facilities in Texas along with three in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Justice Department along with Environmental Protection Agency announced.

Exxon also agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to the EPA.

“which settlement means cleaner air for communities across Texas along with Louisiana, along with reinforces the EPA’s commitment to enforce the law along with hold those who violate which accountable,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said.

Exxon said in a statement which the agreement will “help improve flare efficiency at these chemical facilities, which are among the largest petrochemical complexes inside entire world.”

One climate change group said the deal amounted to a “slap on the wrist.”

“These mild fines are tiny compared to the colossal wealth of fossil fuel elites, along with will only embolden Exxon,” said Lindsay Meiman of environmental activist organization 350.org.

Exxon has been battling charges in recent months which which downplayed the threat of global warming.

In August, a Harvard study concluded Exxon “misled the public” on climate change for nearly four decades. Last month, San Francisco along with Oakland filed lawsuits demanding which Exxon along with top oil companies pay billions to cover damages through climate change.

Exxon (XOM) did not directly address climate change criticism, nevertheless the company said which “complies with environmental laws, regulations along with permits.”

sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published October 31, 2017: 3:16 PM ET