Environmental officials to take plant off priorities list

Environmental officials say a western Kentucky aluminum plant has met its cleanup goals and should be removed from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s "national priorities list."
    
The list is part of the "Superfund" program that provides federal funds to address hazardous waste. The former National Southwire Aluminum facility in Hawesville is one of 14 in Kentucky on the list.
    
WDRB-TV in Louisville reports the EPA plans to remove the plant from the priorities list in October, the first in Kentucky to be removed since 2001.
    
EPA and Century Aluminum of Kentucky say the Southwire Co. of Carrollton, Georgia, operated the plant from 1969 to 2001. Century still runs an aluminum plant at the site, but Southwire has been responsible for the cleanup, which has included treating groundwater tainted with cyanide and removing soil contaminated with PCBs.
    
Monitoring will continue.

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