A truck at an Alcoa mine operation in WA.

Alcoa in bauxite export deal

Alcoa World Alumina Corporation has locked in a contract to directly export 400,000 tonnes of bauxite from the Huntly mine in Western Australia, as the company continues a move towards shipping of the commodity in unprocessed form.


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This is a backwards step for WA, which should have been blocked by the State government. The premise for allowing Alcoa to raze thousands of acres of the world's only jarrah forest was that the ore mined would be downstream processed here, providing jobs and value-added exports. How long will it be before Alcoa decides to shut down the refineries and simply ship the ore out with just tiny royalties paid for the privilege. Successive State governments have rolled over and allowed Alcoa to pillage and plunder the Darling Range and this development will only make things worse. By all means, they should be allowed to shut down the refineries, because they are massive polluters of our environment. But we shouldn't let Alcoa keep digging up our bauxite for a pittance.

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