Formosa Plastics Corporation
Formosa Plastics Corporation was founded in 1954 in Taiwan. It manufactures plastics, and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The company first attracted global attention when it was caught dumping 3,000 tons of toxic mercury-laden waste in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, that originated at a PVC plant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In 2012, the company became infamous again when it unsuccessfully sued Ben-Jei Tsuang, a professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering in National Chun Hsing University, who published a paper linking high cancer rates in Mailiao,Taiwan, to toxic dioxin and heavy metals air pollution from the Six Naphtha Cracking plant.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) resins, high density polyethylene, tairylan acrylic fiber, acrylic acid and ester, carbon fiber, caustic soda, PVC modifier, calcium carbonate.
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Richard Smallteacher | CorpWatch | July 4, 2016
Vietnam has asked Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation to pay $500 million in compensation for dumping toxic waste in Ky Anh that resulted in a massive fish kill on a 120 mile stretch of Vietnam's central coast in the provinces of Ha Tinh, Hue, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.
Coalition Against Death Alley | 2021
As part of the fossil fuel industry’s push to increase North American plastic production by 35 percent by 2025(1), Formosa Plastics is planning to build a massive petrochemical industrial complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
Sharon Lavigne | The World | September 21, 2021
Black residents in Louisiana communities hit hard by Hurricane Ida have been fighting for environmental justice there for decades. Hurricane Ida made their task even harder.
Oliver Laughland | The Guardian | August 20, 2021
The US government has placed further delays on a proposed multibillion dollar plastics plant in south Louisiana, marking a major victory for environmental activists and members of the majority Black community who have campaigned for years against construction.
‘This is environmental racism’: activists call on Biden to stop new plastics plants in ‘Cancer Alley
Rachel Ramirez | The Guardian | May 17, 2021
On Monday, groups of climate activists protested against a proposed petrochemical complex an hour away from New Orleans, Louisiana, calling on the Biden administration to revoke the plastics company’s federal permit to start construction.
Wes Muller | Louisiana Illuminator | March 2, 2021
One of the nation’s most prominent defenders of the poor and their right to live in environments free of pollution included Louisiana’s Cancer Alley in his weekly call to activism Monday during which a St. James Parish resident accused the state’s leading Democrats, specifically Gov. John Bel Edwards and ...
The Lens | The Rev. William Barnwell | July 29, 2019
In spite of the important coverage the Lens has given to the cancer-causing emissions of petrochemical plants in St. James and St. John Parishes, most Louisiana readers must learn what’s going on from the national press.
Radio Free Asia | January 24, 2018
About 100 mostly fishermen from central Vietnam’s Quang Binh Province have held three days of protests over what they say is inadequate compensation for lost livelihoods caused by a toxic waste spill that occurred along the country’s central coast in April 2016, a priest from the village told RFA.
Radio Free Asia | Refworld | October 3, 2016
Thousands of demonstrators converged on a Taiwanese steel factory in Vietnam's central province of Ha Tinh on Sunday to press claims over a major toxic spill in April that killed tons of fish and devastated the local economy.
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United States Department of Justice | September 13, 2021
Formosa Plastics Corporation, Texas, has agreed to pay $2.85 million in civil penalties and to improve its risk management program to resolve alleged violations of the Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at its petrochemical manufacturing plant in Point Comfort, Texas.
Army Corps Orders Environmental Review of Proposed Formosa Plastics Plant in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’
Sharon Kelly | Desmog | August 18, 2021
The Formosa Sunshine Project in St. James Parish, Louisiana, will undergo a full formal environmental review, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in a memorandum issued today and posted on Twitter.
David Mitchell | Houma Today | March 16, 2021
A three-judge state appellate panel found on Monday that an East Baton Rouge Parish judge "abused her discretion" when she directed state regulators to reevaluate critical air permits for a Formosa Plastics complex in St. James Parish even before hearing the merits of the case.
Center for Biological Diversity | October 15, 2019
Formosa Plastics today settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit brought by a former shrimper and San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper challenging its extensive plastic pollution of waterways around its Point Comfort, Texas plant.
Kiah Collier | Texas Tribune | June 28, 2019
The judge determined this week that the Taiwanese-owned company has been in "enormous" violation of its state-issued permits and federal clean water laws for discharging plastic pellets and other pollutants into Lavaca Bay and other waterways from its plant in Point Comfort.
Carlos Anchondo | Texas Tribune | March 25, 2019
On a warm, breezy afternoon last week, Diane Wilson stood at the front of a deep, metal storage shed, covered in a sheen of sweat. It was still full of stuff — blue tarps, file cabinets, luggage and plastic boxes filled with paperwork. But it had been far more crowded just days earlier.
Karen Mcveigh | The Guardian | November 21, 2021
When the X-Press Pearl container ship caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean in May, Sri Lanka was terrified that the vessel’s 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil would spill into the ocean, causing an environmental disaster for the country’s pristine coral reefs and fishing industry.
Mark Rosenberg | Victoria Advocate | November 13, 2021
On Thursday afternoon, Seadrift environmental activist Diane Wilson rummaged in the mud along the banks of Cox Creek in Point Comfort and dug up a handful of dirt sprinkled with small plastic pellets.
Formosa Plant May Still Be Releasing Plastic Pollution in Texas After $50M Settlement, Activists Find
Julie Dermansky | EcoWatch | January 21, 2020
On the afternoon of Jan. 15, activist Diane Wilson kicked off a San Antonio Estuary Waterkeeper meeting on the side of the road across from a Formosa plastics manufacturing plant in Point Comfort, Texas.
Richard Paddock | New York Times | June 30, 2016
The government of Vietnam, breaking its silence about a huge fish kill in April, said on Thursday that the coastal disaster was caused by a Taiwan-owned steel factory that discharged a combination of chemicals, including cyanide, into the ocean.
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Sarah Sneath | Victoria Advocate | July 3, 2019
Ronnie Hamrick dumped debris from a 17-ounce disposable cup onto a concrete slab at the marina off Main Street.
Reuters | October 15, 2016
About 5,000 Formosa Chemicals & Fiber Corp workers, their families and supporters staged a protest on Saturday, demanding the Changhua county government allow FCF’s factory in the area to resume production.
Phillip Charlier | Taiwan English News | October 6, 2016
Sixty people, including police and reporters were injured during a protest in Changhua County when protesters clashed with police over the closing down of a chemical plant.
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Common Wealth Magazine | March 8, 2018
In the second half of 2018, Taiwan will undergo an on-site evaluation by the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG), and if the group finds Taiwan has not met international standards, it could adversely affect the country’s financial and trade standing.
Rick Mullin | C&EN | November 21, 2020
The US Army Corps of Engineers suspended a permit for the construction of Formosa Plastics’ $9.4 billion complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana, earlier this month, claiming that the Corps had eliminated from evaluation five alternative sites for the plant in nearby Ascension Parish ....
For massive new plants, Formosa wants OK to double amount of chemicals released into St. James Parish air
DAVID J. MITCHELL | The Advocate | July 8, 2019
Under new air permits proposed for Formosa’s $9.4 billion plastics complex in northern St. James Parish, the planned operation could emit enough new toxic chemicals to nearly double what already is released into the rural parish’s air.
Business Facilities | April 24, 2018
Formosa Petrochemical Corp. has selected Louisiana’s St. James Parish for a new $9.4 billion chemical manufacturing complex. The company has purchased a 2,400-acre site along the west bank of the Mississippi River, just downriver from the Sunshine Bridge, where in two phases it will build a complex....