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Environmentalists Ready to Sue Alcoa Smelter

An overhead projector is used to share details of the time capsule items — such as a piece from an Alcoa Aluminum foil box.
The Alcoa and Kaiser complex in Warrick County

The Warrick County plant is accused of dumping illegal amounts of mercury in the river

Two environmental groups are threatening to sue the Alcoa plant in Warrick County for allegedly dumping illegal amounts of mercury into the Ohio River. WNIN’s John Gibson reports:

The Sierra Club and the Environmental Integrity Project sent a notice of intent to sue the aluminum smelter for what they call “repeated violations of the Clean Water Act.”

The 63-year-old Alcoa plant was highlighted in a recent report by the Environmental Integrity Project as the aluminum industry’s worst violator of water pollution laws in the U.S.

The groups note aluminum is vital for a clean energy future, but plants that produce the light-weight and durable metal have failed to invest in modern pollution controls.

In a statement, Alcoa says it’s “committed to operating in compliance with all applicable legal requirements.”

The company says it consistently works with regulatory authorities in a “transparent manner.”