- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

CONVENT, La. (AP) - The St. James Parish Council is considering hiring an environmental consultant to help officials determine the parish-wide impact of proposed industrial projects.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1kgoiS2 ) Bliss M. Higgins of ENVIRON International Corp.’s Baton Rouge office, told the Parish Council Tuesday her role, if hired, would be to review industry applications for proposed projects in St. James Parish, consider potential risks from the projects and help reduce these risks.

Higgins said her company’s role is not to advise the parish on whether to allow industries to build there but to keep parish officials “better informed” and to know what kind of information to seek out and which questions to ask.

Industrial growth within St. James Parish over the past few years has included expansions or new construction taking place from several major corporations including Nucor Corp., NuStar Energy LP and Wolverine Terminals LLC.

Some local residents are not thrilled with this industrial growth.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com