Rubber plant operators say they’ll close under threat of new EPA emissions rules


Operators of a major synthetic rubber manufacturing plant in Louisiana say they will shut down the plant “likely permanently” if they have to meet the government’s new deadline to reduce emissions.

Located in the heart of what’s called “Cancer Alley”because of the high cancer rates among nearby Black residents, the Denka Performance Elastomer plant employs nearly 250 people. But operators contend the plant has been singled out with an “illegal and politically motivated” 90-day deadline to comply with the new rules.

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