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Ruling on Nucor DRI suit pending

Keywords: Tags  Nucor, Zen-Noh, direct-reduced iron, DRI, St. James Parish plant, Sarah Vance, Chris Prentice

NEW YORK — A Louisiana district court judge is considering arguments from Nucor Corp. and a grain exporter that filed a complaint against the steelmaker.

Zen-Noh Grain Corp. filed the lawsuit, which aims to halt Nucor’s construction of a direct-reduced iron (DRI) facility in St. James Parish, La., earlier this year in U.S. District Court in Louisiana (, April 26).

A summary judgment is still pending between the parties after arguments were heard in September, according to court filings.

Meanwhile, Judge Sarah S. Vance is also considering a motion to dismiss a subsequent complaint filed by Nucor that claims Zen-Noh didn’t obtain the proper air-quality permits for its St. James Parish operation.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor filed the amended complaint against Zen-Noh Oct. 16; Zen-Noh’s argument was due to be heard Dec. 5, court documents show.

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