Exxon Says Enviros Can't Sue It Over Refinery Emissions

By Jeremy Heallen (April 2, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. on Tuesday told a Texas federal judge that environmental groups cannot sue the company over emissions from a refinery it owns because state and federal regulators have already taken enforcement actions against it.

Exxon attorney Eric J.R. Nichols of Beck Redden LLP urged U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen W. Smith to grant summary judgment against the Sierra Club and Environment Texas Citizen Lobby Inc., arguing that the group's "citizen suit" to enforce the Clean Air Act could not supplant ongoing enforcement activities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality against an Exxon refinery in...

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