Wednesday, March 29, 2006

No EMA clearance to ALCOA yet

Trinidad Express
March 29, 2006

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has not granted a Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) to Alcoa Inc, pending a request for further information.

Declaring Alcoa's submission as "incomplete", the EMA asked yesterday for further information "before any accurate determination and evaluation can be made".

On March 14 Alcoa submitted a CEC application for the establishment of a 341,000 tonnes per year aluminium smelter along with anode production facilities and an intermediate/downstream fabricating facility.

This is the second application for an aluminium smelter in the Cap-de-Ville/Chatham area after the National Energy Corporation withdrew the first one on March 8.

The EMA has requested additional information as basic as a map illustrating the specific location of the smelter as well as a scaled site plan which would outline site boundaries, and its position relative to neighbouring development and infrastructure. Additional geotechnical and geological information supporting the site's suitability also needs to be furnished.

Coming into effect in July 2001, the CEC process examined the environmental acceptability of a proposed activity, provided that all the conditions contained in the application are fulfilled.


Post a Comment

<< Home