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San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper v Formosa Plastics Timeline

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2009
2009

EPA fined Formosa $13 million for air, water and hazardous-waste violations

Formosa Plastics Corp., Texas, and Formosa Plastics Corp., Louisiana, will spend more than $10 million on pollution controls to address air, water, and hazardous waste violations at two petrochemical plants in Point Comfort, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The..Formosa Plastics Agrees to Resolve Multiple Environmental Violations at Plants in Texas and Louisiana

2010
2010

Texas Tribune: Attempt to strengthen TCEQ permits

Texas Tribune: Attempt to strengthen TCEQ permits

Wilson said she first learned about the plastic pellets in 2009 when a former Formosa employee asked her to meet in Rockport, 50 miles away, to determine if Wilson was trustworthy. The following year, she unsuccessfully asked state regulators to revise Formosa’s permit to include stricter language that would prevent..

2010

EPA Inspection

EPA Inspection

EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Facility Report for the Point Comfort facility, Formosa Plastics has been releasing a variety of compounds into Lavaca Bay through a combination of point source discharges via these outfalls and air emissions via flares. Beyond water discharges, the ECHO database cited above also lists Formosa..EPA 2010 Inspection Report

2012
2012

Settlement with Formosa Plastics Corporation for Site-Wide Corrective Actions at Point Comfort, Texas Facility

In 1982, Formosa reported discharges of 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2 DCA or EDC) to the former wastewater treatment plant area and releases of EDC to the soil and groundwater in the PVC production area. EPA issued the existing 3008(h) in 1991 and required Formosa to conduct corrective actions, including a RCRA Facility..

2015
2015
2016
2016
2017
2017

60 day notice to sue Formosa

Legal notice of the Clean Water Act Lawsuit against Formosa Plastics in filed in April 2017

2017

San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeepers file Clean Water Lawsuit against Formosa Plastics

In July 2017, Wilson sued Formosa in federal court under a law that allows citizens to sue industrial polluters when government regulators fail to act. She and her co-plaintiffs, the San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeepers, are seeking penalties of up to $184 million — $104,828 per day for every day..

2018
2018

TCEQ Report

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is the permitting system that industries must use in order to legally discharge waste waters. In Texas, this system is managed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and is called TPDES.

2019
2019

Chron: TCEQ fine Formosa $121,875

Also in January, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality slapped Formosa with a $121,875 fine for failing to prevent the release of solids and properly analyze wastewater samples.

2019

Court House News: Louisiana OKs Permit for Plastics Plant in ‘Cancer Alley’

Spurring claims of environmental racism, Louisiana granted a permit allowing a Taiwanese single-use plastics manufacturer once named the worst environmental polluter in the world to build a new plant in a mostly black community known as “Cancer Alley.”

2019

Texas Observer: MILLIONS OF PLASTIC PELLETS IN LAVACA BAY? FORMOSA SAYS IT’S JUST ‘TRACE AMOUNTS’

Texas Observer: MILLIONS OF PLASTIC PELLETS IN LAVACA BAY? FORMOSA SAYS IT’S JUST ‘TRACE AMOUNTS’

Formosa is now arguing Wilson’s lawsuit should be dismissed because TCEQ has already penalized the company for releasing pellets. It also says that TCEQ’s wastewater permit is “hopelessly ambiguous” since it prohibits pellets “in other than trace amounts,” which the agency hasn’t defined.

2019

Formosa Plastics settles Lavaca Bay pollution case for $50 Million

Formosa Plastics Corp., San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper and Calhoun County resident Diane Wilson reached the settlement on Tuesday, according to a U.S. District Court filing in Victoria. Company officials reported that the $50 million would go to the newly formed Matagorda Bay Mitigation Trust to promote environmental sustainability in..Read More

2019

Texas Monthly : No More Nurdles? Formosa’s Agreement to Stop Pumping Plastics Into Lavaca Bay Is Historic

Texas Monthly : No More Nurdles? Formosa’s Agreement to Stop Pumping Plastics Into Lavaca Bay Is Historic

Gulf Coast citizen-activists collected 30 million plastic pellets in order to prove that Formosa was violating the Clean Water Act.

2020
2020

Victoria Advocate : Settlement in Formosa Clean Water Act lawsuit goes into effect

A $50 million settlement in the settlement of a Clean Water Act suit, San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper v. Formosa suit goes into effect on Jan. 15, 2020. Formosa agreed to zero discharge standards after a federal judge found the corporation to be heavily in violation of the Clean Water..

2020

Monitor Report April 25, 2020 by Diane Wilson

Monitor Report April 25, 2020 by Diane Wilson

Example San Antonio Bay Estuary Waterkeeper Report 10:54 am…boat ramp at Cox Creek, south of bridge at Highway 35, west bank— Video (Exhibit 1) of pellets embedded in soil and underneath the caliche at boat launch at Cox Creek. (N 28 41’18.600 W 96 31’ 43.320) NE wind. 20mph. No..Read More

2021
2021

Green Lake Park receives $10 million from Clean Water Act lawsuit

Green Lake Park receives $10 million from Clean Water Act lawsuit

Up until 2019, the county struggled to find funding for the project. In 2019, environmental activist Diane Wilson and San Antonio Bay Water Keeper allocated $10 million to the Green Lake project in a Clean Water Act lawsuit settlement with Formosa Plastics.

2021

Victoria Advocate : WSM : Formosa begins monitoring its plastic pollution under consent decree

Victoria Advocate : WSM : Formosa begins monitoring its plastic pollution under consent decree

“Our thinking was we needed some system to be able to monitor the wastewater discharge before it entered Lavaca Bay,” said Jennifer Richards, an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid who has worked on remediation efforts related to the settlement. “We were hoping the (monitoring facility) would provide irrefutable evidence..

2021

IPEN : Global studies that include Formosa’s discharged pellets show health threat

Two new studies by scientists for the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) are showing the health implications of plastic discharges such as those by Formosa Plastics, Texas. IPEN is a global environmental network of over 600 public interest NGOs in 128 countries, working to eliminate and reduce the most hazardous..

2021