Environmental groups appeal $225 million Exxon settlement

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Posted: Sep 14, 2015 3:35 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Four environmental groups want an appeals court to let them intervene in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil 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 damage estimates of $8.9 billion.

Under law, about $50 million will go toward cleanup. Another $50 million will go toward the state's private legal costs, with the rest slated for the general fund.

A spokesman for Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil says the decision gave both parties certainty and finality.

Seeking intervention are New Jersey Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Delaware Riverkeeper and Environment New Jersey.

The state attorney general's office declined to comment.