Democratic AGs Seek Strict Environmental Review of Proposed Petrochemical Plant

  • The Democratic AGs of New York, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and New Jersey submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) for its reevaluation of the Clean Water Act Section 404 and Rivers and Harbors Act Section 10 Permit it issued to Formosa Plastics Corporation (“Formosa”) for its proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
  • The letter praises the Corps’ decision to suspend Formosa’s permit for reevaluation, noting that the AGs’ states will likely experience severe environmental impacts from the proposed complex that is projected to emit 13.6 million metric tons of greenhouse gases and 800 tons of toxic air pollution each year.
  • The letter further asks the Corps to more broadly reevaluate the impact of Formosa’s proposed complex on environmental justice and climate change, as well as its effects on wetlands, waterways, and migratory birds, among other things.