Massena Mayor Backs Alcoa Clean-up
The mayor of Massena is backing a $243 million plan to clean up the Grasse River - in part, by 'capping' toxic waste at the bottom of he river.
The toxics were dumped by Alcoa decades ago. Politicians have all but said a $600 million modernization of the Massena plant depends on Alcoa getting favorable terms for the clean-up. The modernization would assure hundreds of jobs remain in Massena.
The $243 million plan, which Alcoa would pay for, was advanced by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but it's come under fire from Akwesasne Mohawks.
In a letter to the EPA, Hidy notes that Alcoa "continues to be a lifeline of what remains after the downturn in the economy."
Hidy told 7 News reporter John Friot that "It's important, obviously, that the river get cleaned.
"There's no doubt about it, but we do it in a safe, economical way. It still has Alcoa staying here, committed here."
Hidy said he's worried about Mohawk objections to the clean-up plan.
In an interview earlier this month, Mohawk environmental director Ken Jock said the tribe doesn't want to see "a cap of highly contaminated seiments because there's always that chance the material's going to move and it's going to contaminate the fish and the water."
Alcoa's top management is scheduled to make a decision on whether to go ahead with the modernization in the first quarter of 2013.
Sunday, May 19, 2013, Watertown, NY
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