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Big Easy Magazine: St. James Residents Fight Back Against Nucor Plant

On July 30th, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses grassroots action to produce petrochemical pollution accountability, released a press statement detailing a recent proposed settlement between the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and Nucor Steel Louisiana LLC.

The settlement finds that Nucor’s Romeville facility in St. James Parish repeatedly violated its permits from 2014 to 2019, including consistent failure to notify residents bordering the facility of unpermitted releases and emergency dumps in their locale. The settlement issues a potential single $89,760.32 penalty for this behavior with no other requirements. The issue to Louisiana Bucket Brigade is that this settlement doesn’t do much to remedy these regular abuses.