APNewsBreak: Groups say Exxon violates US air laws

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Miami, Etats-Unis. Station de gaz Exxon à Miami en Floride.

Miami, Etats-Unis. Station de gaz Exxon à Miami en Floride. Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images

HOUSTON — The largest U.S. oil refinery violated federal air pollution laws thousands of times during the last five years, releasing 10 million pounds of illegal pollution, including cancer-causing toxins, without facing proper fines or being forced to fix equipment, environmental groups claim.

Exxon Mobil Corp., which owns the refinery, is the latest target of Sierra Club and Environment Texas, which recently forced Shell into a $5.8 million settlement over its Clean Air Act violations and has filed a lawsuit against Chevron Phillips.

The environmental groups have not yet sued Exxon but have notified the Irving-based company, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of plans do so — a requirement under the Clean Air Act.

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