Last day for aluminium smelter

A Northumberland aluminium smelter is closing today. Rio Tinto Alcan announced the closure of the Lynemouth smelter on March 6.

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Rio Tinto: "We had to avoid Carbon Tax"

John McCabe, Regional Economic Development Director at Rio Tinto Credit: ITV

We asked Rio Tinto whether workers were given enough notice that the plant was under threat.John McCabe from Rio Tinto, Regional Economic Development Director, said: "We made the entire workforce aware as quickly as we could after the strategic review."

"We also extended the statutory consultation period as well.""We had to avoid the Carbon tax that comes in 2013. The plant was already marginal."

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