Company Must Delay Work on Louisiana Plastics Plant
In heavily polluted St. James Parish, Louisiana, a federal judge just approved Formosa Plastics' agreement to suspend construction of a massive petrochemical complex. Two weeks ago the Center and our local partners filed for an injunction to halt work on the site.
The company agreed last Thursday not to build in areas that may contain the unmarked graves of enslaved people. This concession will help protect the site until the resolution of a lawsuit we filed in January on behalf of RISE St. James, Healthy Gulf and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
"Now that Formosa Plastics has agreed not to disturb graves and wetlands on the site through February 2021, we can focus on this project's deeply flawed approval process," said the Center's Julie Teel Simmonds. "This plant would sicken local residents, degrade wetlands, fuel climate change and send plastic pollution into our rivers and oceans. It violates federal law and should never have been approved."