Alcoa strikes plea deal on amended charges

Alcoa has negotiated a plea deal which has seen charges of pollution from its Wagerup refinery downgraded.

Alcoa has negotiated a plea deal which has seen charges of pollution from its Wagerup refinery downgraded.
The company will now plead guilty to an alternative charge later this month.
The refiner faced a fine of up to $1 million after being originally accused of criminal negligence causing pollution.
This is the second time the charges have been downgraded, after it was reduced to a charge of pollution in November last year.
It was alleged that in May 2006, red dust emission from the refinery’s waste deposits impacted the surrounding environments and communities.
The Department of Environment and Conservation alleged that the red dust had highly toxic materials, such as radioactive thorium and heavy metals, which directly affect people’s nervous systems.
These allegations came after the company was previously fined $60 000 in 2004 for charges relating to pollution at the same Wagerup facility.
 

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