Shin-Etsu is a chemical maker based in Tokyo, Japan, that was founded in 1926 in Nagano prefecture to make nitrogen fertilizer. Later it expanded into other products like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and semiconductor silicon. Shintech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shin-Etsu, opened a PVC factory in Freeport, Texas, in 1974 and proposed a new plant in Convent, Louisiana, but was defeated in 1998 by environmental justice activists after a massive fight over projected dioxin, ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride pollution – all of which are known carcinogens. However, Shintech ultimately won approval of two other plants nearby – in Addis and Plaquemine that were constructed in 2000 and 2008 respectively and then expanded several times.
In 2008, Shintech was ordered to pay total penalties of over $12 million for air pollution in Freeport, and in December 2020, the company was ordered to pay $356,000 for incidents involving thousands of pounds of chemical releases and worker injuries over a dozen years at the Louisiana plants. Eight weeks after the Louisiana settlement, the state approved a $1.3 billion expansion of the company’s facilities in Plaquemine, but environmental justice activists have started to organize to try to stop it. Unfortunately local politicians in Iberville parish have not merely agreed to the Plaquemine expansion but approved a $110 million tax break for the company.
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Lousiana Environmental Action Network and Greenpeace USA | September 1, 1999
In 1996, Shintech, a subsidiary of the Japanese firm, Shin-Etsu Chemical, announced plans to spend $700 million building 3 chemical factories and an incinerator next to homes and schools in Convent, Louisiana, a small community (population 2052) in southern Louisiana, USA.
Halle Parker | The Advocate | February 2, 2021
Standing in front of the pews of Broadmoor Community Church in New Orleans, environmental advocates gathered Tuesday morning to oppose the $1.25 billion expansion of plastics producer Shintech Louisiana's plant in Iberville Parish, part of Louisiana's growing industrial corridor along the Mississippi River.
Louisiana Bucket Brigade | February 1, 2021
On Tuesday, January 26th, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Shintech is planning a $1.3 billion expansion in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes. Governor Edwards’ ongoing support of the construction and expansion of foreign petrochemical companies that use Louisiana as a dumping ground furthers ....
Don Richards | Independent Commodity Intelligence Services | March 22, 1999
Shintech Inc. can expect to face stiff opposition to its proposed $250 million polyvinyl chloride resin project intended to be situated across Choctaw Road from Dow Chemical Company's Plaquemine, La., complex.
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- Alliance for Affordable Energy
- Climate Reality New Orleans
- Coalition Against Death Alley
- Healthy Gulf
- Justice and Beyond
- Louisiana Bucket Brigade
- Louisiana League of Conscious Voters
- New Orleans Office Sierra Club
- Poor Peoples Campaign
- Sunrise Movement, New Orleans
- RISE St. James
- 350 New Orleans
Mark Schleifstein | nola.com | February 1, 2021
The Jan. 26 announcement by state and company officials of a $1.3 billion Shintech plastics expansion in Plaquemine came just eight weeks after the chemical giant agreed to pay $356,500 in state and federal fines for violations dating back a dozen years, incidents that included the release of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals and the injury of several workers.
Larry Greenemeier | Scientific American | December 2, 2008
The feds yesterday ordered a major U.S. producer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, a known cancer-causing agent, to pay $12 million in fines and to clean up its facilities after determining that it violated antipollution laws.
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Darya Minova | Center for Progressive Reform | September 9, 2021
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Michael Esealuka | Healthy Gulf | February 18, 2021
On Tuesday, January 26th, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Shintech is planning a $1.3 billion expansion in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes.
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Josh Auzene | WAFB9 | May 23, 2011
Shintech Louisiana LLC issued a news release naming Tommy Rivet and Tory Sanchez as the two people who died in an accident at the plant Sunday.
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Youseff Rddad | The Advocate | May 26, 2021
Plastic-making giant Shintech Louisiana can skip paying Iberville Parish nearly $110 million in local taxes after a majority of council members approved a sizable tax break for the company.
MARK SCHLEIFSTEIN | nola.com | February 1, 2021
The Jan. 26 announcement by state and company officials of a $1.3 billion Shintech plastics expansion in Plaquemine came just eight weeks after the chemical giant agreed to pay $356,500 in state and federal fines for violations dating back a dozen years ...
JC Canicosa | LA Illuminator | January 26, 2021
Shintech Louisiana LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of a widely produced synthetic plastic polymer called PVC, will invest $1.3 billion to expand manufacturing and packaging facilities in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office announced Tuesday.