Alcoa Unit Loses Appeal In Chemical Disposal Spat

Law360, New York (August 6, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a loss for an Alcoa Inc. subsidiary over the correct disposal of potassium hydroxide, saying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reasonably interpreted the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act as prohibiting the shipping of the chemical to another company for use as a fertilizer.

The 2-1 opinion, entered Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, upholds a district court's October ruling that the EPA was right to enforce nearly $310,000 in fines against Howmet Corp.,...
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