Bills to keep aluminum smelters in Ky. draw flak
Feb 12, 2013 | 10:05 AM
| Michael Cowden
CHICAGO Separate bills aimed at keeping smelters owned by Century Aluminum Co. and Rio Tinto Alcan operating in Kentucky are drawing opposition from power suppliers.
Power suppliers argue that the proposed bills, introduced Feb. 5 by state Sen. Joe Bowen (R., District 8) and Rep. Tommy Thompson (D., District 14), appear to have been crafted by the aluminum industry without outside input and look set to be rammed through the legislative process.
Monterey, Calif.-based Century and Montreal-based Rio Tinto Alcan didnt respond to requests for comment.
Centurys plant in Hawesville, Ky., employs about 750 people, and Rio Tintos smelter in Sebree, Ky., employs roughly 550, Bowen told AMM in a telephone interview Feb. 11. Hundreds more jobs are at stake when related jobs at suppliers and service providers are factored into the equation, he said.....
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