BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) — A judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a penalty of nearly $20 million for releasing 10 million pounds of pollutants into the air over the course of eight years from a complex it operates east of Houston.READ MORE: Abandoned Child Leads Dallas Police To 15-Year-Old Accused Of Murdering Own Mother
U.S. District Judge David Hittner in a ruling Wednesday determined that Texas-based Exxon on thousands of occasions from 2005 to 2013 violated federal clean-air standards.
The Houston Chronicle reports the finding is the result of a lawsuit filed in 2010 by two environmental groups.READ MORE: DFW Stays Above Freezing, But How Long Will It Last?
The groups argued Exxon collected more than $14 million in economic benefits by delaying measures to curb the emissions from its plant in Baytown. They contend the pollution could have been detected earlier using improvements such as infrared imaging technology.
Exxon says it’s considering an appeal.MORE NEWS: Small Business Saturday Offers North Texans Another Day Of Deals And Steals
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