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Texas company to pay nearly $ 3 million for Clean Air Act violations

The US Department of Justice said a Texas plastics company agreed to pay nearly $ 3 million in civil penalties for violating the Clean Air Act

POINT COMFORT, Texas – A Texas plastics company has agreed to pay nearly $ 3 million in civil penalties for violating the Clean Air Act, the US Department of Justice said.

Formosa Plastics Corp. has also agreed to improve its risk management program at its Point Comfort petrochemical plant.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began investigating Formosa after a series of fires, explosions and accidental releases at the Point Comfort plant, a Gulf Coast town about 170 kilometers south of the border. southwest of Houston.

Workers suffered burns and inhaled chlorine as a result of the accidents, which occurred from 2013 to 2016, the DOJ said.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

In 2019, Formosa agreed to pay $ 50 million to settle a lawsuit filed by residents of Texas over allegations the company dumped tons of pellets in waterways near the Gulf of Mexico.

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