Appeal filed against air permit approval for a $9.4 billion petrochemical complex in “Cancer Alley”

Earthjustice.org announced that they have filed a lawsuit challenging an air permit approval for a massive petrochemical complex.

Cancer Alley is an area in Louisiana that lies along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. In 2018, a Taiwanese company called Formosa Plastics purchased a 2,400 acre site in St. James on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Their plan is to build a $9.4 billion plastic manufacturing factory by 2029.

Recently, the project was approved by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) to double toxic air pollution in St. James, emitting an estimated 13.6 million tons of greenhouse gasses annually. Earthjustice, along with many local and national organinzatjons argue that this directly violates the Clean Air Act.

What do you think?

Do we need another plastic manufacturer in 2020?

Sources: earthjustice.org, nola.com

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