Asbestos find at Alcoa plant sparks concerns

May 03, 2012 | 06:56 PM | Suzy Waite

Tags  Alcoa, Massena West facility, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, asbestos, fire, aluminum rod, aluminum billet casthouse

NEW YORK — An ongoing investigation into a March 29 fire at Alcoa Inc.’s Massena West aluminum plant in upstate New York led to the discovery of asbestos in the facility’s ceiling.

A spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) confirmed it was conducting two separate investigations into the fire and the asbestos, but declined to discuss specifics as both investigations are open. He added that it was too early to estimate when the inspections might be completed.

A spokeswoman for Pittsburgh-based Alcoa confirmed there is asbestos in the roofing material of the casthouse, adding that the company is doing everything it can to ensure its employees’ protection.....

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