Environmental groups appeal $225 million Exxon settlement

Four environmental groups want an appeals court to let them intervene against Gov. Chris Christie’s $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil over contaminated sites across the state.

New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said Monday the groups are seeking additional natural resources damages.

A state Superior Court judge approved the deal last month despite earlier damages estimates of $8.9 billion.

Under law, about $50 million will go toward site cleanup. Another roughly $50 million will go toward the state’s private legal costs, with the rest slated to go into the general fund.

The groups seeking intervention are New Jersey Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Delaware Riverkeeper and Environment New Jersey.

Messages seeking comment from the state attorney general’s office and ExxonMobil were not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

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