Louisiana could soon be home to one of the largest and most toxic plastic pollution facilities in the world — but we have the chance to stop it. Demand state officials put the health of our communities before polluters’ profits.
A Taiwanese corporation recently called a “serial offender” against environmental law by a federal judge wants to build a massive petrochemical plant along the Mississippi River in St. James Parish. Formosa Plastics' proposed facility would take fracked gas and turn it into pellets for making throwaway plastic products like bags, utensils, and straws.
If approved, Formosa will be one step closer to becoming yet another corporate polluter in St. James Parish and the larger region, which is already dubbed “Cancer Alley.” The plant would operate 24/7, emitting thousands of tons of cancer-causing compounds and soot annually. It would also generate over 13 million tons of greenhouse gases annually — the equivalent of three coal plants — worsening climate change that drives severe storms and sea-level rise in Louisiana and beyond.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) is asking for public comment on air permits for the Formosa chemical complex. We have until August 12 to tell the LDEQ to deny the air permits for this polluting plastics plant.