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Exxon to Pay for Air Violations

Bloomberg News

ExxonMobil Corp. agreed to pay $400,000 in penalties to California for air-permit violations at its biggest West Coast refinery. It also agreed to spend up to $2 million on a plan to cut excessive emissions of carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants from its Torrance plant, the company said today in a public filing.

A March 22 failure in a sulfur-recovery unit at the Torrance
plant triggered shutdowns of other refining equipment and the release of nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide and other substances, ExxonMobil said. The company agreed to a $250,000 penalty for the March incident. ExxonMobil paid an additional $150,000 to settle various violations at the Torrance facility that occurred earlier.