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Exxon Settles Puerto Rico’s Pollution Claims for $25 Million (1)

July 22, 2021, 2:05 PM; Updated: July 22, 2021, 3:38 PM

Exxon Mobil Corp. and Esso Standard Oil Co. will pay $25 million to settle Puerto Rico’s allegations that they contaminated the territory’s water supplies with gasoline additives, according to an agreement in federal district court.

The companies allegedly promoted, marketed, and sold products with the hazardous substances when they knew, or should have known, that they would pollute the environment through leaks and spills in gasoline delivery systems, Puerto Rico said. The U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico finalized the parties’ consent decree and dismissed the case with prejudice Wednesday.

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