Appeal Filed Over Louisiana's OK of Plastic Polluter
The Center just went to court, with our local partners, to challenge the state of Louisiana's irresponsible air permits for Formosa Plastics' massive proposed petrochemical complex. It would place 14 plants spanning 2,500 acres in St. James Parish, a predominantly African American community already inundated with industrial pollution.
The state's environmental-quality department got more than 15,500 comments from residents opposing the project, which would dump 800 tons of toxic pollution into the air each year, including cancer-causing ethylene oxide, benzene and formaldehyde. It granted the permits anyway.
"This plant would poison the people of St. James Parish and worsen the climate crisis just so Formosa can churn out more throwaway plastic," said the Center's Lauren Packard.
Read about it in The New York Times.