Formosa Plastics Corporation, USA is a supplier of plastic resins and petrochemicals. Formosa operates operate 18 production units in six Business Divisions - Polyolefins, Vinyl, Specialty Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Chlor-Alkali, Olefins and Oil & Gas.
Formed in 1978, Formosa is a privately held company headquartered in Livingston, New Jersey. It produces plastic resins and petrochemicals at three facilities located in Delaware City, Del., Baton Rouge, La., and Point Comfort, Tex.
Formosa's Delaware City facility is a producer of Specialty (Dispersion) PVC resins. Homopolymer, copolymer, micro-dispersion and blending resins are manufactured with feedstock materials shipped from our Louisiana facility.
In 2005, Formosa entered into a Consent Decree based on a complaint filed by the US Environmental Protection Agency and DNREC for violations of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act.
In addition to monetary penalties, the Consent Decree required Formosa to establish a program of enhanced operator training, conduct a layer of protection analysis (LOPA) and submit a LOPA Report, submit Compliance Status Reports, remove all PVC solids from the Aeration Basins and make basin liner repairs, and conduct a laboratory audit, along with several other compliance and permitting activities.
Consent Decree Reports
Delaware City PVC Plant Site – Federal Superfund
The 200-acre Delaware City PVC Plant consists of a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturing facility owned and operated by Formosa Plastics Corporation of Delaware. The manufacturing facility was built in 1966 by Stauffer Chemical Company. During early plant operations, earthen lagoons were used to dump waste PVC. Another area of the property was used to bury off-grade PVC sludge. Groundwater under the site has been heavily contaminated with solvent chemicals, trichloroethylene, 1,2-dichloroethane, and vinyl chloride. The contaminated aquifer is used locally as a source of drinking water in local residences and businesses, and for agricultural purposes. Approximately 50 people live within one mile of the site. When local residential and commercial wells were found to be contaminated, alternate water supplies were promptly provided by the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs – Stauffer Chemical and Formosa).
This site was added to the National Priorities List on September 8, 1983 and the US Environmental Protection Agency entered into an agreement to remediate the site with Formosa and Stauffer Chemical Company in 1984.
For more details on this NPL site, including current site status, visit EPA’s Delaware City PVC Plant Site Progress Profile.
For more information on this facility, visit:
Toxic Release Inventory
Delaware Environmental Navigator