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CHEJ: US Department of Justice Cracking Down on PVC Manufacturer
October 28, 2009, 10:07 am
Filed under: News

The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a $13 million legal settlement with Formosa Plastics, one of the biggest manufacturers of PVC in the country. The agreement came about after the EPA discovered “extensive” chemical pollution violations at their PVC plants in Point Comfort, Texas, and Baton Rouge, LA during inspections. This is a big victory for community members and workers who have been battling Formosa Plastics for many years, led by fisherwomen Diane Wilson, who told her story in the terrific book An Unreasonable Woman.  In response to the legal settlement, Formosa vice president Randy Smith had the audacity to claim the PVC facility in Point Comfort, Texas has had “no significant environmental and health impacts.”  Workers who suffer from health problems at the plant strongly disagree, and have now appealed to OSHA for help.


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