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Part of the 7.2 mile contaminated stretch of the Grasse. Photo: David Sommerstein
Part of the 7.2 mile contaminated stretch of the Grasse. Photo: David Sommerstein

Alcoa commits to 900 jobs in Massena; Grasse cleanup still in flux

The company that built Massena will keep its plants open there for at least another 30 years.

Alcoa announced Saturday it will invest $42 million to modernize its East plant and build a new smelting the line. The company will also guarantee at least 900 jobs. In return, Alcoa will get low cost electricity from the hydropower dam on the St. Lawrence River.

The deal hinges on how the Environmental Protection Agency decides to clean up PCBs Alcoa and Reynolds dumped in the Grasse River decades ago.

David Sommerstein joined Martha Foley for more on the deal.  Go to full article
The state Comptroller's Office will audit the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates winter sports venues like the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington. Photo: ORDA

State to audit Olympic authority

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is fighting deep financial woes even as its venues rebound. That's according to a financial report released this week by the state Comptroller's Office.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced Wednesday that he will launch a full financial audit of ORDA after his office discovered operational losses and a reliance on private lenders to meet expenses.  Go to full article
Mountain Mart in Canton, NY. According to EPA data, the agency found violations at seven gas stations in Malone, Massena, Moira, Plattsburgh, and Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Adirondack Energy fined for violations

The owner of several Mountain Mart gas stations in the North Country has agreed to pay $46,000 to settle environmental violations. The Environmental Protection Agency found improper record keeping and testing of the company's underground gas tanks.  Go to full article

NYS budget finished, but squabbles continue

The state Budget was finished three days early, but lawmakers still found things to squabble about, including the timing of the voting sessions during a week where the...  Go to full article
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It's April Stools Day. What will you doo?

It's April Fools' Day--or April Stools day, and the Lake Champlain Committee is encouraging people to pick up dog doo, no joke.  Go to full article
It's garden prep season.  Photo:  Todd Moe

How to help your garden feed itself

Did you poke around your garden this weekend? As the snow melts, it's time to start thinking about spring cleaning in the lawn and garden. Horticulturist Amy Ivy says much...  Go to full article