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Formosa Plastics Plant in Louisiana Draws Permit Challenge (1)

Jan. 15, 2020, 5:19 PMUpdated: Jan. 15, 2020, 8:47 PM

Community groups and conservation advocates are challenging federal permits for a proposed Louisiana petrochemical complex that would be one of the world’s largest plastic plants.

The project proposed by Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group in St. James Parish, La. received Army Corps of Engineers permits in September.

The Corps failed to disclose environmental damage and public health risks posed by the project, and failed to consider how it would affect cultural resources such as slave burial grounds on the site, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the Center for Biological...

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