Community shows support for Nucor at public hearing
Dozens of residents in St. James Parish chimed in on a pig iron plant vying for an air permit from DEQ Tuesday night.
Nucor Steel wants to build the plant on a 4,000 acre site, which would create about 1,200 jobs and millions in revenue for the parish. The company has already received permits to move forward, but needs the okay on a revision to one of those permits that makes the plant safer for the environment. The company made the change because of tighter EPA standards and concerns in the community.
A majority of the community at a public hearing on the permit consideration supported the plant because of the positive effects it could bring. A few said they were worried about the health effects the plant could be responsible for. Many said they came to the meeting opposed, but after learning about the environmentally-friendly production change, they're okay with the company coming to town.
DEQ is taking comments on the permit until January 3. There is no timeline for when the agency will make a decision on Nucor's permit.