Exxon Mobil Hurts Its Green Image

Back in August, Forbes declared Irving-based Exxon Mobil its “Green Company of the Year.” Now a year-end report from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality shows that the oil giant is having some trouble keeping its own backyard clean. It’s the third most-fined organization ($1.1 million, for 23 actions) in the state for 2009.

Exxon Mobil’s Baytown refinery, the largest in the nation, got the company’s biggest fine – about $500,000. It included 23 offenses, including a 17½-hour release that included 5 tons of sulfur dioxide, a half-ton of ammonia, more than 130 tons of carbon monoxide and 900 pounds of hydrogen cyanide.

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