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Formosa Plastics

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: PVC Manufacturing

Industry: Chemical Manufacturing

Wastes Reduced: Dust

Substance: sodium bicarbonate dust

Equipment: Dust scrubbers, centrifuges, new mixers

Location: Baton Rouge LA

Contact: Lee McNabb

Phone: (225) 356-8646


The facility manufactures caustic soda and chlorine, vinyl chloride monomer, ethylene dichloride, and polyvinyl chloride. The wastes of concern were sodium bicarbonate emssions, caustic losses and wastewater sludge.

P2 Application:

New equipment was installed to deal with such problems. A more efficient dust scrubber, new centrifuges and a mixer were installed to prevent on the before mentioned wastes.

Environmental Benefits:

Less air emissions and reduced waste. 5 tons per year of sodium bicarbonate, 365 tons per year of caustic losses, 100 tons per year of wastewater sludge. Reclassification of brine muds as beneficial material distributed to sugar cane farmers. Vinyl chloride monomers were reclassified as a raw material feedstock and are currently being recycled into useful solvents.

Details of Reductions

Source: LDEQ

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