Earthjustice is reporting that it reached a settlement agreement to have the EPA begin regulating vinyl chloride emissions from PVC plants. The environmental group claims that vinyl chloride air emissions from PVC plants are largely unregulated or just plain ignored by EPA. Vinyl chloride is a known human carcinogen.
The U.S. has 24 ongoing PVC plants. Louisiana and Texas both have six PVC plants. The remaining plants are in New Jersey, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma. Westlake owns and operates a large PVC plant in Calvert City, Kentucky.