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.


Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
environment-related offenses$24,548,05046
safety-related offenses$1,187,16639

(September 30, 2022)

Number of Records
Total Penalties
$25,735,216 (September 30, 2022)
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Article Archive
Videos & Podcasts
Permit Hearing for Taiwanese Plastic Plant in Louisiana Turns into a Referendum on Environmental Racism
Sharon Lavigne - the founder of Rise St. James testifying against requested air quality permits for Formosa's planned petrochemical complex in St. James, LA =in the heart of Cancer Alley.


Barbara Washington telling state regulators why she wants them to reject air quality permits requested by Formosa at a hearing in St. James.
Gail LeBoeuf speaking against Formosa's air quality permit at a hearing in St. James.
Geraldine Mayho Speaking At Her Home on Burton Street in St. James in 2017
'Part of their menu is to intimidate;' Activists, ACLU say timing of terrorism charges suspicious
Plastics company fined for dumping pellets into Lavaca Bay tributary
Why This Town Is Dying From Cancer | AJ+
Louisiana's 'cancer alley' residents vow to fight plastic plant
Vietnamese protesters target Taipei company


CorpWatch Stories
Formosa Plastics Admits Vietnam Steel Plant Caused Massive Fish Kill

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.


Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Stop the formosa plastics plant

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.

Hurricane Ida adds misery to 'Cancer Alley': Part I

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.

Cancer Alley Activists Score a Win Against Giant Plastics Conglomerate

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.

Cancer Alley’s been ignored by state’s top Democrats, activist says in Poor People Campaign event

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 Big March to Save Lives in Death Alley

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.

Fishermen Again Protest in Central Vietnam Over 2016 Toxic Spill Payout

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.

Thousands of Vietnamese protest at Formosa Steel plant in Ha Tinh

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.

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
Texas Plastics Corporation Will Pay Nearly $3 Million for Violating Clean Air Act

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.

Court dispute over proposed St. James Parish plastics plant takes another turn

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.

Formosa Plastics Settles Texas Pollution Case for $50 Million, No More Plastic Releases

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.

Federal judge rules against Formosa Plastics in pollution case, calling company a "serial offender"

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.

Environmentalists take petrochemical giant Formosa to court over plastics pollution

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.

Environmental Impact
Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you’ve probably never heard of

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.

Formosa begins monitoring its plastic pollution under consent decree

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.

Taiwan-Owned Steel Factory Caused Toxic Spill, Vietnam Says

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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Employment Practices
Former Formosa worker finds plastic pellets in bay

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.

Formosa Chemicals workers protest amid regulatory battle between company, local government

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.

People Injured in Worker’s Protest

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.


Corporate Headquarters
No. 100號, Shuiguan Rd, Renwu District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 814
Most Recent Gross Revenue
$9.157 billion (2021) | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
$2.353 billion (2021) | source
Stock Exchange Tickers
TWSE: 1301

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    Tax Havens
    & Evasion
    The Undiscovered Asian Offshore Tax Haven

    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.

    Major Projects
    Army Corps pulls permit on Formosa project

    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.

    Formosa Investing $9.4B In Louisiana Manufacturing Complex

    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....

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