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Smelter Struggle: Trinidad Fishing Community Fights Aluminum Project

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29 September 2006

Alcoa in Trinidad & Tobago - Proposed smelter

Author: Alcoa

In February 2006, Alcoa signed an agreement in principle with the government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to build a world-class 341,000 metric-tons-per-year (mtpy) aluminum smelter in the Cap-de-Ville area in southwestern Trinidad...Under the terms of the agreement, Alcoa will begin an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the location in Cap-de-Ville as part of the company's commitment to sustainable development principles. The company will also complete detailed feasibility studies to determine the full scope and cost of the proposed project.

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6 September 2006

Smelter Struggle: Trinidad Fishing Community Fights Aluminum Project

Author: Sujatha Fernandes, Special to CorpWatch

The $US1.5 billion project slated for the Chatham/Cap-de-Ville area envisions a 341,000 metric-tons-per-year aluminum smelter, an anode plant, and a cast house. Alcoa, the world's leading producer of aluminum, is promoting the project as a boon to local employment and other community benefits...Cedros Peninsula United, a local organization opposing Alcoa's proposed smelter, charges that the project will hurt villages along the peninsular: It will displace 100 families, release emissions harmful to health and the environment, pose occupational safety hazards, and diminish bio-diversity. The group has also raised fears that the smelters will create electromagnetic fields (EMF). EMF have proven controversial at China's state-run aluminum smelters in Nanshan and Shandong, and at a facility that Alcoa operates in Sao Luis, Brazil...On July 22, Alcoa chose Bechtel as its primary partner in conducting feasibility studies for the proposed smelter. [also refers to Kaiser Aluminum]

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