The Clean Air Act sets limits on pollution to protect our health and requires companies to submit reports showing whether they are abiding by those limits or exceeding them.
Recent legal action against ExxonMobil’s refinery and chemical complex in Baytown, Texas, provides an example of how monitoring and reporting are critical to holding polluters accountable.
Sprawling over 3,400 acres east of downtown Houston, Exxon’s facility released 10 million pounds of illegal air pollution where tens of thousands of people live and breathe. When citizens groups took the company to court, a federal judge ruled that the company had committed 16,386 days of violation of the federal Clean Air Act and ordered a record $19.95 million penalty.
The key to holding the company accountable was the thousands of pages of Exxon’s own legally mandated pollution reports. Reporting and monitoring documents have been equally vital in dozens of other air pollution cases against Chevron, Shell and several other companies.
That's why we're campaigning to get the EPA to abandon this pandemic polluter loophole.