LEAN seeks more information on handling of mercury release
CONVENT - A Louisiana environmental non-profit organization wants more information from a St. James facility and state agency about the handling of a mercury release concern.
The Louisiana Environmental Action Network tells Noranda Alumina and previous owner, Kaiser Aluminum Corp., in a notice of intent to sue letter that it wants to see the plants' plans for cleaning up the mercury releases, as well as prevention plans.
The Mississippi River complex, which converts bauxite ore into alumina, a precursor for aluminum, had been under scrutiny since revelations last year that the facility may have been releasing mercury into the air for decades without a permit.
Noranda spokesman John Parker says the company has been working under a compliance order with DEQ since 2014. He says the company hasn't seen the letter nor been contacted by anyone from LEAN.