The Washington Post

Plastics firm to pay millions over pollution


A Texas plastics company has agreed to pay nearly $3 million in civil penalties for violating the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

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

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 Justice Department said.

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