ExxonMobil is appealing a $19.9 million penalty for spewing millions of pounds of hazardous pollutants from its Baytown industrial complex.

In April, U.S. District Judge David Hittner said the company should pay $19.95 million for repeatedly busting air pollution limits at its sprawling Baytown complex. From 2005 to 2013, the company’s refinery and chemical plants released 10 million pounds of pollution in excess of its state-­issued air permits.

The Sierra Club and Environment Texas sued the energy giant in 2010, alleging that over a five­year period it had emitted more than 8 million pounds of hazardous chemicals and other contaminants from its Baytown complex than is allowed by state and federal law and clean air permits.

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