NEW YORK The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency has released Alcoa Inc.s
plans for cleaning up some four decades worth of
pollutants from the Grasse River in upstate New York.
Alcoa operates two aluminum
smelters in nearby Massena, N.Y., which have a combined
nameplate annual capacity of 252,000 tonnes.
Pittsburgh-based Alcoa estimates
that EPAs proposal will cost it $85 million in its
The proposed remedial action
plan is now open for public comment until Nov. 15. The EPA will
review the comments and issue a final decision. Alcoa will then
initiate the planning and design phase, which will take two to
three years, the company said.
The field work will take about
four years, with the majority of the funding for the project
expected to be spent between 2016 and 2020.
"Alcoa has worked cooperatively
with the EPA to address the PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl)
sediments in the Grasse River, and we are pleased to see this
important step in the remediation process move forward," Alcoa
vice president and chief sustainability officer Kevin Anton
said in a statement.