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Zero Discharge of Plastics

“Within ten (10) days of the effective date of this Consent Decree, Formosa will request in writing to TCEQ as part of the current Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permit renewal process that Formosa’s renewed TPDES permit contain the following new permit requirements:

There will be zero (0) discharge of stormwater or other waters, including washwater, from Outfalls 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,12, and 14 for rainfall events of a 5-year 24-hour rainfall (6.8 inches in 24 hours) or less as measured by Formosa’s onsite rain gauge……

There will be zero (0) discharge of Plastics from Formosa’s Point Comfort Plant. Formosa shall not propose that Plastics in its discharge in any way are part of permitted total suspended solids….”

(MORE: Consent Decree: San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper and S. Diane Wilson, Plaintiffs VS Formosa Plastics Corp, Texas and Formosa Plastics Corp, U.S.A. p. 14)

Zero Discharge of Plastics from Formosa Plastics is what we want! (Outfall 08 on Cox Creek)
Release of powder at SPVC unit at Formosa (2017 Shift supervisor)
Release of powder at Formosa’s SPVC unit (2017, Formosa shift supervisor)
Powder and pellets in drainage ditch at Formosa Plastics (2010 EPA photo)
2019, power and pellets at Cox Creek near Formosa Plastic outfall 06
Powder sample taken from Lavaca Bay