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Formosa Plastic Corp. Texas Facility in Point Comfort.

A company en route to Formosa Plastics Corporation’s Point Comfort plant pulled into a Texas Department of Transportation weigh station in Calhoun County on Thursday morning and emptied its truck of any remaining plastic pellets before getting more from Formosa.

Formosa Spokesman Steve Marwitz confirmed this after rumors began circulating Friday afternoon that Formosa was responsible. He said it was not.

“I can’t tell you whether it was a customer’s truck, but it was a truck used to deliver our material and not a truck owned by Formosa,” Marwitz said.

The company is Custom Commodities Transport, based in Gilmer, Marwitz said.

The weigh station is along the northbound lane of SH 35 at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 1593 in Point Comfort.

Formosa has since started picking up the pellets with a vacuum truck and an excavator, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is investigating.

In March, Formosa agreed to pay a $121,875 fine after the state found in April 2017 “solids” were being discharged from three of its outfalls. The public comment period on that agreement has ended, but the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has not approved it during one of its meetings.

When the state found Formosa was releasing pellets in 2016, it did not fine the company.

Some residents have also sued Formosa, alleging its continued release of pellets violates the Clean Water Act.

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Jessica Priest reports on the environment and Calhoun County for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at jpriest@vicad.com or 361-580-6521.

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Former Environment/Investigations Reporter

Jessica Priest worked for the Victoria Advocate from August 2012-September 2019, first as the courts reporter and then as the environment/investigations reporter. Read her work now at www.jessicapriest.me.

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