Schumer: Alcoa Should Proceed With Massena Modernization

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U.S. senator Charles Schumer called on Alcoa Thursday to proceed with a $600 million modernization of its Massena East plant.

In a statement, Schumer disclosed that he called Alcoa chief executive officer Klaus Kleinfeld, asking Klienfeld to 'expedite and finalize' the modernization.

Schumer pointed out Alcoa now has what it wants - a pricetag for cleaning up the Grasse River, where the company dumped toxic waste decades ago.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed last week to a $243 million clean up, a price Schumer calls 'reasonable and fair.'

“Given that the Environmental Protection Agency has done their due diligence and released a fair and timely cleanup plan for the Grasse River, the ball is on Alcoa’s court to expand their operations and create jobs in the North Country,” said Schumer.

"The release of the Grasse River cleanup plan clears the last major hurdle towards Alcoa’s expansion, and now Alcoa must make their expansion plans loud and clear to the people and workers of St. Lawrence County.”

Alcoa's Massena managers have been working on a plan to modernize the Massena East plant, a plan that would ensure hundreds of jobs stay in Massena. They are scheduled to present the plan to Alcoa's corporate management early next year.

The plan the EPA has agreed to involves dredging and capping a portion of the bottom of the Grasse River. The plan has drawn criticism from Akwesasne Mohawks. 

 

 

 

Friday, September 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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