Environmental groups appeal $225 million Exxon settlement

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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.

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Environmental groups appeal $225 million Exxon settlement
New Jersey Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, D- Elizabeth, N.J., holds up petitions with over 15,000 signatures against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's announced settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Linden, N.J. Lesniak called the Christie administration's proposed $225 million settlement of New Jersey's $8.9 billion claim for restoration of damage and destruction in the areas of Exxon Mobil's refineries in Linden, Bayonne and other facilities, the biggest corporate giveaway in New Jersey history. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1990 file photo, cleanup workers lay down absorbent sheets to soak up No. 2 heating oil on bird sanctuary Pralls Island between Linden, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York. Up to 567,000 gallons of oil leaked from an underwater Exxon pipeline into the Arthur Kill waterway. On Monday, April 6, 2015, New Jersey officials published the state’s proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. over decades of pollution, opening the controversial deal to public comment. The Christie administration said Monday that the proposal would be the largest environmental settlement with a corporate defendant in state history. Environmentalists and Democrats remained skeptical, arguing that the settlement paled in comparison with the $8.9 billion in damages the administration sought at trial last year. (AP Photo/Mike Derer,file)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, listens to a question from Valerie Nugent, of Hopelawn, N.J., about his administration's recent settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. during a town hall Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Matawan, N.J. Some in the state are questioning the Christie administration's proposed $225 million settlement of New Jersey's $8.9 billion claim for restoration of damage and destruction in the areas of Exxon Mobil's refineries in Linden, Bayonne and other facilities. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New Jersey Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, back right, D- Elizabeth, N.J., listens as Linden Mayor Derek Armstead speaks against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's announced settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Linden, N.J. New Jersey officials on Monday published the state’s proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. over decades of pollution, opening the controversial deal to public comment. The Christie administration said Monday that the proposal would be the largest environmental settlement with a corporate defendant in state history. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New Jersey Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, D- Elizabeth, N.J., holds up petitions with over 15,000 signatures against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's announced settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Linden, N.J. Lesniak called the Christie administration's proposed $225 million settlement of New Jersey's $8.9 billion claim for restoration of damage and destruction in the areas of Exxon Mobil's refineries in Linden, Bayonne and other facilities, the biggest corporate giveaway in New Jersey history. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New Jersey Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, D- Elizabeth, N.J., stands with local officials and conservation activists as he speaks out against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's announced settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Linden, N.J. New Jersey officials on Monday published the state’s proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. over decades of pollution, opening the controversial deal to public comment. The Christie administration said Monday that the proposal would be the largest environmental settlement with a corporate defendant in state history. Environmentalists and Democrats remained skeptical, arguing that the settlement paled in comparison with the $8.9 billion in damages the administration sought at trial last year. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
CLARIFIES DATE OF PHOTO AS JAN. 9, 1990 - FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1990 file photo, two clean harbor cleanup boats work in the Arthur Kill waterway in front of the Exxon oil refinery in Linden, N.J. As much as 546,000 gallons of No. 2 heating oil spilled from an Exxon underwater pipeline on Tuesday. On Monday, April 6, 2015, New Jersey officials published the state’s proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. over decades of pollution, opening the controversial deal to public comment. The Christie administration said Monday that the proposal would be the largest environmental settlement with a corporate defendant in state history. Environmentalists and Democrats argue that the settlement paled in comparison with the $8.9 billion in damages the administration sought at trial last year. (AP Photo/Mike Derer,file)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1990 file photo, an oil spill cleanup work crew stretches a white absorbent boom line along the shoreline of the Arthur Kill waterway in Elizabeth, N.J. Clean up efforts continue to rid the water of up to 500,000 gallons of No. 2 heating oil believed to have escaped from an underwater Exxon pipeline. New Jersey's 11-year suit against ExxonMobil could result in $50 million in legal fees if a Superior Court judge approves the $225 million proposed settlement. (AP Photo/Mike Derer,file)
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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.

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