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
amm.com, 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
amm.com, 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.