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Judge Sides With Chipboard Plant in Harsh Ruling

Critics trying to stop the construction of a chipboard plant in St. Lawrence County were dealt a major blow in court last week. A State Supreme Court Judge threw out a lawsuit regarding the plant's air pollution permit. In an unusual decision, the judge also barred further lawsuits and ordered the plaintiffs to pay thousands of dollars in court costs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Agree on Hydropower Allocation

North Country lawmakers have been at odds over how to retain low-cost power produced at the hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River. On Tuesday they reached an agreement. Legislative leaders in Albany announced a bill that would keep the cheap electricity in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Franklin counties. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

Alcoa Offers Jobs, Investment for Power

Alcoa made its first concrete sign that it wants to stay in Massena for the next generation of aluminum production. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Alcoa offered the New York Power Authority a jobs-for-power deal at a meeting last week in New York City. Under the proposal, Alcoa would guarantee 500 to 700 high-wage union jobs in exchange for 30 to 50 years of cheap hydroelectric power. Alcoa currently employs almost 1300 workers at its two plants in Massena. The company would also invest up to $450 million to modernize what is the oldest continuously operating smelter in the world. David Sommerstein spoke with Ernie LaBaff about the proposed contract. He's president emeritus of the Aluminum, Brick, and Glassworkers Union and a former Alcoa worker. LaBaff says the offer is a good starting point.  Go to full article

Four Years On, Chatham Still in Court

A Vancouver-based lumber company is finalizing the purchase of a chipboard mill in St. Lawrence County. Ainsworth Lumber will buy the plant from Chatham Forest Products. But the factory has yet to be built. A dispute over an emissions permit has tied up the project in lawsuits since 2001. Supporters say the plant would boost an ailing forest industry. But environmentalists say it would pollute North Country air more than developers are letting on. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Processor Grooms NNY Soybean Crop

When you think of soybeans, you generally think of sprawling farms and giant combines in the Midwest. But a local soy processor has an ambitious plan to make soybeans a cash crop in the North Country. Ag Pro Limited, based in Massena, wants to contract with local farmers for up to 15,000 acres of the crop. That's about 5 times the amount grown in the region last year. Ag Pro is holding workshops across the region to teach farmers about how to grow soybeans. David Sommerstein attended one and has this report.  Go to full article

OSHA Fines GM for Workplace Violations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined General Motors Powertrain in Massena $160,000 for poor record keeping and safety hazards. As David Sommerstein reports, OSHA alleges GM intentionally failed to record work-related injuries and illnesses.  Go to full article
BreconRidge CEO Bruce Rodgers (3rd from L), flanked by State Sen. Jim Wright and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine
BreconRidge CEO Bruce Rodgers (3rd from L), flanked by State Sen. Jim Wright and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine

Waterfront Cleanup, New Manufacturer Cheers Ogdensburg

This week's been full of good news for the city of Ogdensburg. On Monday Governor Pataki announced a $168,000 state grant to help clean up contamination along the St. Lawrence River. Yesterday an Ottawa-based company said it will expand in Ogdensburg's industrial park and create 100 new jobs. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

Ethan Allen Shutdown Devastates Boonville

The southern Adirondack hamlet of Boonville is struggling to absorb news that its largest private employer is closing. Ethan Allen Interiors announced Monday it will close its furniture-making plant in Boonville in June. 260 people will lose their jobs. David Ernst is Boonville's mayor. He spoke with David Sommerstein yesterday. He says the news is devastating.  Go to full article

Zinc Mines May Re-Open

There's been promising news for some idled factories across the North Country. Last week an Ottawa-based company announced it will make soy milk concentrates and powders in the former McCadam cheese plant in Heuvelton. A Fulton County man may buy the idled Lyons Falls paper mill in Lewis County. A Syracuse-based jet manufacturer is considering a massive expansion at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base that could create 10,000 jobs. And as David Sommerstein reports, the zinc mines in St. Lawrence County may reopen soon for the first time in more than two years.  Go to full article

Alcoa Cuts 107 Jobs in Massena

The Aluminum Company of America is cutting more than a hundred jobs at its smelting plant in Massena. The decision announced late last week comes just after a one year reduction in power costs expires. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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