Army Corps Orders Petchem Project Review

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The US Army Corps of Engineers is calling for a full environmental review of a proposed Formosa Group petrochemical facility in Louisiana after strong pushback from local groups regarding its potential negative health impacts to disproportionately impacted communities. According to a tweet from Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army Jaime Pinkham, the Corps determined that a full environmental impact statement (EIS) would be needed for the project, which could take several years to complete. The proposed $9.4 billion petchem facility along the western bank of the Mississippi River in Louisiana's St. James Parish would produce ethylene, propylene, ethylene glycol and associated polymers. But the project has drawn opposition from the local community and environmental justice advocates. The decision by the Corps suggests that the Biden administration is taking a hard look at potential environmental justice implications of energy projects under the National Environmental Policy Act, which courts have increasingly urged (OD Jan.14'21).

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