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Formosa Plastics has a flexible permit

By By JJ Velasquez - jjvelasquez@vicad.com
June 30, 2010 at 1:30 a.m.


Formosa Plastics Corporation in Point Comfort is one of about 125 facilities affected by the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement.

Formosa holds a flexible permit, which places a facility-wide cap on emissions.

The agency's announcement forces Texas regulators to revise their program so that it measures smokestack-specific emissions and requires facilities to make their permits available to the public.

Formosa will have to submit a new permit to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality once it revises its air permitting program to comply with the Clean Air Act.

In some cases, refineries and plants may have to spend money to update their equipment and change their operations, which could prove costly.

Victoria Environmental Services Director Jerry James said it's still unclear how this affects the city but will continue to monitor the story.

"We'll certainly look at what is happening with this and see how the state handles it and how they move forward," James said. "It won't have any immediate impact on us, but we will look at it seriously and see if there may be some effects."

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