Formosa fined nearly $1.5M for EPA violations

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: January 22, 2013 2:47 pm ET
Updated: January 23, 2013 8:36 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Legal, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, PVC

POINT COMFORT, TEXAS -- Formosa Plastics Corp. USA has been fined almost $1.5 million by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to install more than 8,000 pieces of leak detection and repair equipment at its plastics and chemicals plant in Point Comfort.

In a Jan. 3 filing in U.S. District Court in Victoria, Texas, government officials said that Formosa had violated terms of a February 2010 consent decree between the company and the EPA. The filing included a letter sent from the EPA to Formosa in March 2012 that said the firm "has failed to timely include" 8,191 components in the Point Comfort plant's leak detection and repair program.

The filing also included six letters sent from Livingston, N.J.-based Formosa to the EPA between August 2011 and April 2012 that confirmed the noncompliance.

In a Jan. 21 phone interview, Formosa spokesman Steve Rice said that the firm will pay the fine of $1,477,925. "Formosa has worked with the USA to resolve and correct this issue," he said. Formosa now is monitoring existing equipment that it was not monitoring before.

The original consent decree came about after Formosa was fined almost $3 million by the EPA in late 2009 for air, water and hazardous waste violations at its plants in Point Comfort and Baton Rouge, La. Company officials said at the time that Formosa would spend $10 million on pollution controls to address those violations.

Formosa's dispersion PVC resin plant in Delaware City, Del. Also has been fined twice in the last three years by the Occupational safety and Health Administration for safety and health violations. Most recently, that site was fined almost $150,000 in September 2012 for 16 violations.

Formosa's Point Comfort plant is a major producer of polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC and related feedstocks. In March 2012, Formosa announced plans for a $1.7 billion expansion at the site because of increased availability of low-cost natural gas in North America. That expansion would include a new low density PE plant with annual capacity of about 660 million pounds.


Comments

Formosa fined nearly $1.5M for EPA violations

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: January 22, 2013 2:47 pm ET
Updated: January 23, 2013 8:36 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Total to buy majority stake in Polyblend

November 20, 2014 10:04 am ET

French oil and gas giant Total SA will buy a 68 percent stake in Germany's Polyblend GmbH, a subsidiary of Polymer-Chemie GmbH.    More

Chase Plastics building new Indiana distribution center

November 18, 2014 11:13 am ET

Resin distributor Chase Plastics will invest $5.4 million to build a new distribution center in South Bend, Ind.    More

Image

Dow Corning opens European health care center

November 18, 2014 6:00 am ET

Dow Corning Corp. has opened an expanded health care application center at its European headquarters in Seneffe, Belgium.    More

Image

Bayer flame-retardant PC blends keep evolving

November 18, 2014 6:00 am ET

Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) introduced a further development on the back of the 3000 flame-retardant polycarbonate blends it introduced in 2005.    More

Image

Film manufacturers pushing, again, for non-resin price increases

November 17, 2014 2:57 pm ET

UPDATED — For the third time this year, major polyethylene film makers are seeking non-resin price increases for their products.For the third ti...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events