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Alcoa moves ahead with NY potline plan

Keywords: Tags  Alcoa, Kevin Anton, Massena operations, EPA, Grasse River, cleanup, potline, expansion aluminum

CHICAGO — Alcoa Inc. plans to proceed with the next step of upgrading its operations in Massena, N.Y., after receiving U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for plans to clean up the Grasse River.

The $243-million rehabilitation project includes the dredging and capping of contaminated sediment on a 7.2-mile stretch of the river, the Pittsburgh-based aluminum producer said.

"Alcoa has worked cooperatively with the EPA to address the (polychlorinated biphenyl) sediments in the Grasse River, and we are pleased to see this final step in the remediation decision process completed," Alcoa vice president and chief sustainability officer Kevin Anton said in a statement.

Alcoa plans to invest $52 million in the next phase of a modernization project at Massena, where two smelters have a combined nameplate capacity of 252,000 tonnes per year. Site work and support projects for the construction of a new potline are expected to begin in June (, April 1).

The latest development at Massena also comes after Alcoa agreed to pay $19.4 million toward cleaning up a stretch of the St. Lawrence River in New York because of pollution resulting from the Massena facility (, April 2).

Alcoa agreed to invest at least $600 million to modernize its Massena operations to secure a long-term power deal with the New York Power Authority.

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