Delaware company fined for vinyl chloride violations

Formosa Plastics is facing more than $70,000 in fines and fees related to air pollution violations at its plant in Delaware City.


The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control issued the fine against Formosa for violations of state and federal air quality regulations.  The violations include a higher than allowed amount of vinyl chloride in the plant’s deionized water system.  The fines come after a number of violations at the facility stretching back to 2011.

The company produces polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin from vinyl chloride which is sold to companies to make containers, flooring and toys.  Vinyl chloride has been getting a lot of attention since a recent train derailment in Paulsboro, NJ.  One of the train cars involved in that incident last week released some vinyl chloride forcing nearby residents to evacuate and closing area schools.

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Formosa has 30 days to request a public hearing to contest the fines.

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