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Alcoa Inc.

Dallas, TX: (Mar-01-07) Alcoa Inc., a central Texas coal-fired power plant, had long been held up by legal challenges from environmental groups and the federal Department of Justice over the issue of emission rates for nitrogen oxide from its plant. In November 2006, the federal government offered a settlement that would allow Alcoa Inc. and TXU Corp. to use an old permit at the site instead of having to apply for a new, stricter permit. The settlement eases a deal between the aluminum giant and the state's largest energy company for control of the plant. Alcoa has also agreed to pay the US government $859,000 in penalties from the 2003 settlement, and Alcoa and TXU Sandow have agreed to cut emission rates for nitrogen oxide by 20 percent from the rate called for in the earlier settlement. [STATESMAN: ALCOA POLLUTION]

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Published on Mar-8-07


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