Enforcing the Clean Water Act to stop illegal discharges of plastic pellets into Lavaca Bay

The Formosa plastics plant illegally discharged plastic pellets and residue into local streams and bays for over a decade. Clinic students worked with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid on a Clean Water Act (CWA) citizen suit for the discharge of such pellets on behalf of clients, including Texas Injured Workers and Commercial Oystermen of Texas. Formosa was found liable for CWA violations and the case settled before the penalty trial, resulting in first of their kind permit limits and significant community projects.