Nucor Cancels Expansion at Convent Steel Manufacturing Complex
Nola reported that Nucor Corp has informed Louisiana environmental officials that it is abandoning plans for a USD 500 million expansion of its Convent steel manufacturing complex and will continue delaying a decision on another expansion there. Nucor Steel has withdrawn its Title V permit application for a major expansion of its pelletizer plant in St. James Parish, just one year after submitting it to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. On July 27, Nucor submitted an “addendum” to LDEQ that replaced its original permit renewal application entirely and stated its intention to withdraw the proposed pelletization project plan. Nucor spokesperson Ms Katherine Miller said "This was solely a business decision based purely on market conditions.”
Separately, the company has agreed to pay USD 89,760 to the state to help settle charges that the plant released caustic sulfuric acid mist and highly flammable hydrogen sulfide in violation of federal and state law since it began operations in 2013.
The St James Parish-based environmental group Inclusive Louisiana and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, represented by the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, had challenged the illegal emissions settlement as too small, considering the length of time that the toxic gases were allowed to be released. But both groups also praised Nucor's decision not to proceed with the expansions.