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Exxon Mobil’s Baton Rouge Chemical Plant on Scenic Highway. Exxon Mobil plans to flare on August 14.

Baton Rouge residents may notice a flare at the ExxonMobil refinery today, the company posted to its Facebook page on Wednesday morning.

ExxonMobil is flaring excess hydrocarbons due to a compressor malfunction inside the refinery, according to the company. Flaring is considered a safety device to reduce build-up in the system or used to get rid of chemicals not valuable in the refining process by burning them. 

"We apologize for any inconvenience this flaring may cause," according to a statement from Exxon Mobil. "We are working to minimize the flaring as operations return to normal."

Email Kristen Mosbrucker at kmosbrucker@theadvocate.com.