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2013-06-13 / Community News

CAPARO Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Reclamation Update and Virtual Tour

A virtual tour of Sandow Mine allowed members of the Community Advisory Panel to Alcoa (Rockdale Operations)— CAPARO— to see efforts Alcoa has undertaken to reclaim the land it mined from 1952-2005. Tommy Hodges, Alcoa Energy Manager, used aerial and ground-level photos at the May meeting to show the results of the program to return 11,140 acres of disturbed land to pasture land, native areas, wildlife habitat and tree plots through the planting of long lasting trees, shrubs, and grasses, restoring creeks and wetlands, and turning mine pits into deep lakes. Earthwork and planting were completed in 2011, and vegetation replanting associated with drought is expected to be complete by 2019. Reclamation work is prescribed in the mine permit, with oversight by the Texas Railroad Commission and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

To honor CAPARO community members for their 10 year commitment to dialogue with the Rockdale facility, Alcoa gave each member a live oak tree and each guest a starter tree. The trees also celebrate Alcoa’s 125th anniversary and help achieve its commitment to plant 10 million trees worldwide by 2020.

CAPARO meets again Mon. Sept. 9, 2013. Questions during the interim may be directed to facilitator Diane Sheridan at 800/ 484-9212 x 4127 or DBSheridan@aol.com.

Lexington area residents are also welcome to contact CAP member Margaret Newman at 979- 773-4184.

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