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Texas judge approves historic settlement agreement in Formosa Plastics case

The largest settlement in history involving a civilian environmental suit occurred this month. Diane Wilson filed a lawsuit against plastics giant Formosa alleging that that their plant in Fort Comfort illegally discarded over a thousand plus pollutants, including plastics including plastic pellets. Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt had strong words for the corporation, branding them a “serial offender.” He said that the thought of the money from the settlement going toward an environmental project. Formosa has vowed to implement changes to the way they discharge stormwater and wastewater.

Key Takeaways:

  • Formosa plastics lost a $50 million case for its violations of pollution laws in Texas, the largest of its kind in history.
  • Formosa will pay the funds into a trust designed to help local environment projects.
  • The judge described Formosa as a “serial offender” who was not deterred by a $100,000 Texas EPA fine.

“Having the $50 million settlement go to local environmental projects feels like justice.”

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