Texas Court Win Could Help 'Cancer Alley' Residents
In support of Louisiana communities, the Center has been working to stop Taiwan's Formosa Plastics from building a big, dirty plastics plant in an area known as "Cancer Alley." The people of St. James Parish, mostly low-income and African-American, already suffer high rates of illness from exposure to industrial pollutants.
On Thursday, in a potential blow to Formosa's Louisiana plant ambitions, a federal judge found the company liable for polluting waterways in Texas with billions of pellets from its Point Comfort facility.
"The Texas court decided Formosa's a 'serial offender' with 'extensive, historical and repetitive' releases of plastic," said Center attorney Julie Teel Simmonds. "What Formosa did to Texas, it will do to Louisiana if we don't stop it."
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