The federal government has dropped its appeal of a $16.2 million award to ExxonMobil after requesting its discontinuation in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The award was granted to the petrochemical giant after U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal held the United States responsible for discharging pollution at the Baytown site during World War II when aviation fuel and rubber were being produced for the war effort. The same was true for the Korean War.

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