May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

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New Hampshire a Big Step Closer to Getting $236 Million from Exxon

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is a big step closer to getting a $236 million judgment after the U.S. Supreme Court said this week it wouldn’t hear Exxon Mobil’s appeal regarding its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state. The case involved MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, a petroleum-based gasoline additive that has been used since the 1970s to reduce smog-causing emissions. The trial resulted in the largest jury award in the state’s history, and the state and Exxon could agree on the exact amount, which will include interest, as early as June. New Hampshire sued Exxon and other oil companies in 2003 for damages to remediate MTBE c

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