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Formosa Plastics Corp., Texas, and Formosa Plastics Corp., Louisiana, will spend more than $10 million on pollution controls to address air, water, and hazardous waste violations at two petrochemical plants in Point Comfort, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The..Formosa Plastics Agrees to Resolve Multiple Environmental Violations at Plants in Texas and Louisiana
Wilson said she first learned about the plastic pellets in 2009 when a former Formosa employee asked her to meet in Rockport, 50 miles away, to determine if Wilson was trustworthy. The following year, she unsuccessfully asked state regulators to revise Formosa’s permit to include stricter language that would prevent..
EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Facility Report for the Point Comfort facility, Formosa Plastics has been releasing a variety of compounds into Lavaca Bay through a combination of point source discharges via these outfalls and air emissions via flares. Beyond water discharges, the ECHO database cited above also lists Formosa..EPA 2010 Inspection Report
In July 2017, Wilson sued Formosa in federal court under a law that allows citizens to sue industrial polluters when government regulators fail to act. She and her co-plaintiffs, the San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeepers, are seeking penalties of up to $184 million — $104,828 per day for every day..
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is the permitting system that industries must use in order to legally discharge waste waters. In Texas, this system is managed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and is called TPDES.
Also in January, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality slapped Formosa with a $121,875 fine for failing to prevent the release of solids and properly analyze wastewater samples.
Spurring claims of environmental racism, Louisiana granted a permit allowing a Taiwanese single-use plastics manufacturer once named the worst environmental polluter in the world to build a new plant in a mostly black community known as “Cancer Alley.”
“Our thinking was we needed some system to be able to monitor the wastewater discharge before it entered Lavaca Bay,” said Jennifer Richards, an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid who has worked on remediation efforts related to the settlement. “We were hoping the (monitoring facility) would provide irrefutable evidence..
Two new studies by scientists for the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) are showing the health implications of plastic discharges such as those by Formosa Plastics, Texas. IPEN is a global environmental network of over 600 public interest NGOs in 128 countries, working to eliminate and reduce the most hazardous..