POINT COMFORT, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — According to the the U.S. Department of Justice, a Texas plastics company has agreed to pay nearly $3 million in civil penalties for violating the Clean Air Act.
The U.S. subsidiary of Formosa Plastics Corp. also agreed to improve its risk management program at its petrochemical plant in Point Comfort.READ MORE: Amber Alert Issued For 12-Year-Old Girl Out Of Converse, Texas
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began investigating Formosa after a series of fires, explosions and accidental releases at the plant in Point Comfort, a city on the Gulf Coast about 105 miles southwest of Houston.
Workers suffered burns and inhaled chlorine as a result of those accidents, which happened from 2013 to 2016, the DOJ said.READ MORE: COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken A Toll On Mental Health, Led To More Drug Abuse, CDC Says
“Formosa repeatedly failed to comply with the chemical accident prevention provisions of the Clean Air Act at the Point Comfort plant, repeatedly placing their workers, neighbors and the environment in danger,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
Formosa Plastics has operational facilities in Point Comfort and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
In 2019, Formosa agreed to pay $50 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Texas residents over allegations that the company spilled tons of pellets into waterways near the Gulf of Mexico.MORE NEWS: US To Deport 'Massive' Number Of Haitian Migrants From Texas Border Town
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