In Lavaca Bay, a Massive Clean Water Win Against Big Plastic

At the end of June, a Texas federal judge found Formosa Plastic Corporation a “serial polluter” in a strongly worded decision in favor of Diane Wilson and San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper. The judge found Formosa’s plastic plant in Point Comfort, Texas in violation of both the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit and the federal Clean Water Act. A fourth-generation mid-Texas coast shrimper, Diane’s fought for drinkable, fishable, and swimmable water in Lavaca Bay for over 30 years . She and San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper never gave up the fight against Formosa Plastic Corporation despite their size and seemingly endless resources. Diane and a dedicated team of volunteers spent over 1,000 days meticulously documenting Formosa’s pollution and collecting samples for use in their citizens’ suit. Asked how she felt about this victory, she told The Texas Observer , “this is the first time I ever felt that I had justice delivered.” San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper Diane Wilson on the witness stand The victory reflects the hard work of Diane and her neighbors long suffering from Formosa’s pollution, San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper volunteers, attorney Amy Johnson and the team of lawyers at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid […]

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