A $9.4 Billion Plastics Plant in Louisiana Had Its Air Permits Revoked by A Judge

A $9.4 Billion Plastics Plant in Louisiana Had Its Air Permits Revoked by A Judge

The argument that the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality used to grant Formosa Plastics permission to discharge more than 800 tonnes of toxic trash per year into St. James Parish, a parish that is predominantly Black, was completely demolished by the precise language of the judgement. A statement made by an activist can be paraphrased as follows: “The lives of people are more valuable than plastic.”

A state judge threw out the air permits for a massive plastics manufacturing facility that was planned for 55 miles west of New Orleans. The judge cited numerous shortcomings on the part of Louisiana environmental authorities, such as inadequate studies of environmental justice and the climate implications. The judge also threw out the air permits for the facility.

After being forced in 2020 by a different lawsuit to reconsider a Clean Water Act permit given and then suspended by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who had put the project on hold, the $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics complex has suffered yet another major setback as a result of this ruling. This comes after the complex had already suffered a major setback in the form of a different lawsuit in 2020.

A $9.4 Billion Plastics Plant in Louisiana Had Its Air Permits Revoked by A Judge

In 2018, Governor John Bel Edwards hailed the plant and Formosa’s 10-year buildout plan as a boon to the local economy and a significant contributor to the creation of 1,200 new jobs. However, local and national environmental organisations that are fighting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the midst of a climate catastrophe have been vocal in their opposition to the complex, which is planned for 2,400 acres along the Mississippi River in St. James Parish. The complex would be located in the state of Louisiana.

Related Articles:

In an order that was published on Wednesday and contained a total of 34 pages, the 19th Judicial District Judge Trudy White carefully dissected the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) reasoning for the 15 air permits that it had issued to the expansive complex. Formosa would have been able to release harmful pollution at a rate of over 800 tonnes per year into a neighbourhood that is predominantly black and has a low income, and it would have been able to release up to 13.6 million tonnes of greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere each year, which is nearly the same as the output of 3.5 coal-fired power plants. The neighbourhood would have been negatively impacted by both of these factors.

For More Updates Visit Our Website  enviro360