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Louisiana Judge Cancels Air Permits for $9.4 Billion Dollar Plastics Plant

Louisiana District Judge Trudy White canceled state air permits this week belonging to a proposed $9.4 billion dollar plastics complex in St. James Parish, headed by Formosa Plastics. This announcement pushes this project further back from any new progress, as it has faced local and environmental opposition for nearly three years now.

The Formosa Sunshine project has been proposed to be located on 2,500 acres in an already dense collection of chemical plants in St. James Parish and has been dubbed “Cancer Alley” by local activists.  This decision by the district judge is just the latest setback for this project, since last August the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers ordered an EIS review of the project that brought a lengthy delay time in its process.

Despite this latest setback, Formosa Plastics plans to continue development of this multiphase polyethylene, polypropylene, polymers, and ethylene glycol-oriented project through legal options. FG spokesperson Janile Parks stated that “We believe the permits issued to FG by LDEQ are sound and the agency properly performed its duty to protect the environment in the issuance of those air permits,” and that Formosa is planning to “construct and operate it to meet all state and federal standards.”  If this massive project does come to fruition, it would likely be one of the largest plastic production facilities in the world.

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