Chemical release suit releases fury on Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM)
On Tuesday, an attorney for residents who are suing Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) over the chemical release that occurred last June, at its North Baton Rouge plant said that the Standard Heights community’s residents have reached their breaking point. Last week, 17 residents, including 7 minor children have filed a class action lawsuit just one day prior to the June 14, 2012 anniversary of the chemical leak that took place at the company’s Scenic Highway facility.
The suit alleges that the company underplayed the extent of the release. The suit that has been filed in Baton Rouge’s state district court seeks an unspecified damages amount for things like physical disability, emotional distress, personal injury, mental anguish, pain and suffering, contamination of property as well as loss of property value.
The chemical release
In July, The state Department of Environmental Quality said that Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) had failed to make any additional notification to the DEQ on 14 June 2012, which was the day of the release. This was when company representatives noticed that the amount of material that had been released and the quantity of the emissions that were associated with the release were substantially different from those that had been previously reported by the company to the Department.”
In a 20 June 2012 statement, ExxonMobil had stated that 28,688 pounds of benzene, 1,100 pounds of cyclohexane, 1,564 pounds of hexane, 10,882 pounds of toluene, as well as 12,605 pounds of other volatile organic compounds had been released during the leak.
What is a chemical release?
A chemical release is a situation during which a chemical is released accidentally. In case of non-toxic chemicals, it is very straightforward to deal with a spill as it just needs to be cleaned up. However, toxic chemicals releases represent a more critical problem, especially when multiple chemicals have been spilled as these have the potential to react with each other. Many countries have stringent laws concerning large-scale chemical releases and those who are affected by the release tend to take the support of those laws to seek justice.