Wanhua Chemical pulls application for $1.2B St. James plant

September 6, 2019

Wanhua Chemical has reconsidered plans to build a $1.25 billion facility in St. James Parish.
The company has withdrawn its land use application for the plant, according to a Facebook post by Louisiana Bucket Brigade, which had opposed the project. The group cited concerns with health and property values due to chemical phosgene on site. Rising construction costs prompted the reconsideration of the project, The Advocate reported. The China-based petrochemical company announced last November plans to develop the chemical manufacturing complex at a 250-acre site in Convent, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. The state said at the time that the project would create 170 new direct jobs with average annual salaries of over $80,000. Another 1,060 indirect jobs were expected as well as 1,000 construction jobs at the peak of building the facility.

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