Schumer: Time For Feds To Seal The Deal For Alcoa
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says it's time for the federal government to seal the deal that would guarantee at least 900 jobs for the Massena area.
Specifically, Schumer says the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to sign off on a $245 million clean-up of the Grasse River, which Alcoa's Massena operations polluted for decades
The $245 million pricetag is seen as favorable for Alcoa.
Alcoa has announced it's going ahead with plans to modernize its Massena East plant, which guarantees at least 900 jobs for Massena. However, the company won't proceed until the EPA approves the $245 million deal.
“The lack of finality around this process undermined the company’s ability to make future expansion plans," said Schumer in a statement prepared for his Massena appearance.
“I applaud the EPA, Alcoa and the local leaders, including the St. Regis Mohawk community, for working in a professional, focused and collaborative way to get us to this point, and now the EPA must get us over the finish line.”
The EPA is expected to make its decision this month.
The $245 million would go to dredge and cap parts of the Grasse River near the plant. Specifically, the plan calls for dredging of contaminated sediment from the river basin and capping of other segments in the river in order to contain hazardous sediment and isolate pollutants.
Monday, September 22, 2014, Watertown, NY
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