Court rulings stall controversial plastics factory in Louisiana

By Claire Schaeffer-Duffy
National Catholic Reporter
December 1, 2020

Formosa Plastic Group's plan to build a $9.4 billion plastics manufacturing complex in Louisiana has suffered notable setbacks after federal and state permits for the project were put on hold, pending reevaluation of impacts on wetlands and Black-majority neighborhoods.

Sharon Lavigne, a St. James resident and founder of Rise St. James, a faith-based community group fighting construction of the plant in St. James Parish, believes the recent actions signal the eventual demise of the Formosa project, although that outcome is far from certain.

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