State judge’s ruling raises another hurdle for planned $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics plant in Louisiana

first_imgState judge’s ruling raises another hurdle for planned $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics plant in Louisiana FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Advocate:A state district judge sent critical air permits for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics complex back to state environmental regulators so they can take a closer look at the St. James Parish facility’s emissions impacts on Black residents living nearby.Nineteenth Judicial District Judge Trudy White issued the finding during a hearing Wednesday, telling the state Department of Environmental Quality to more properly evaluate the environmental justice questions surrounding the project, plaintiff’s attorneys said.White ruled two weeks after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would be suspending its wetlands permit for the facility along the Mississippi River to review its own analysis of alternative sites and failure to look at potential sites in neighboring Ascension Parish. Formosa officials said White’s ruling did not suspend the air permits in the interim, but her ruling does add another layer of uncertainty for a project that is expected to create 1,200 permanent jobs, tens of millions of dollars per year in state and local taxes, and millions more in spinoff benefits once built.Along with the Corps wetland permits and a local land use permit, the state air permits allow FG LA, the Formosa Plastics affiliate behind the project, to operate and help clear the path to significant construction investment. The Corps’ decision earlier this month had already halted major construction activities.Last year, a joint investigation by The Advocate, Times-Picayune and ProPublica using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency modeling data found Formosa and other new industrial proposals since 2015 posed an acute impact on predominantly poor and black river communities, though white communities hardly escape it either.Known as the Sunshine Project, the Formosa complex will produce the raw materials for a variety of plastics and has been permitted to emit more than 800 pounds of toxic pollutants, nearly 6,500 tons of criteria pollutants known to cause ground-level ozone and respiratory ailments, and more than 13.6 million tons of greenhouse gases annually, DEQ says.[David J. Mitchell]More: Judge delays crucial permit for Formosa plastics plant; requires deeper analysis of racial impactslast_img read more

AFN Slams Six Months Ban on Gloria Asumnu

first_imgTeam Nigeria’s track and field sprinter, Gloria Asumnu, has been suspended from all International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) organised competitions for six months.A statement signed by the AFN’s Head of Communication and Media, Olukayode Thomas, said the board was left with no option than to suspend Asumnu because of her unruly behaviour during and after the last 14th IAAF World Championship in Athletics in Moscow, Russia .“It is unfortunate that even after she was cautioned by the disciplinary committee set up during the championship to investigate the initial allegations leveled against her, Asumnu appeared to have been unperturbed.“She further refused to participate in the 4x100m and even went ahead to make further uncomplimentary remarks on the social media. This contravenes the code of conduct and ethics of the federation and is totally unacceptable,” said Thomas.Consequently, the board decided that Asumnu be suspended from all AFN and IAAF organised activities for a period of six months effective from August 2013.Thomas said; “Asumnu is also required to formally tender appropriate apology to AFN for her unruly conduct before the expiration of this suspension.”The AFN board spokesman urged other athletes to learn from Asumnu’s mistake and be good ambassadors of the federation and Nigeria at all times as the board will not hesitate to sanction any unruly athletes.last_img read more