Congressman visits Alcoa plant seeking rate break

Rep. Tim Scott
Rep. Tim Scott

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tim Scott led about 150 workers at the Alcoa aluminum plant near Goose Creek in prayer asking that a solution to a new electric contact is reached.

Scott toured the plant Friday and said there is not much the federal government can do about the talks between Alcoa and Santee-Cooper, the state owned utility.

Scott says he has contacted the governor, state lawmakers and utility officials urging them to continue to negotiate to reach an agreement.

Alcoa has said it might have to close the plant that employs about 650 people unless it gets a break on electric rates. The company says it pays about $4 million a week for electricity now.

The company has until June to notify Santee Cooper if it wants to renew the contract.

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