Supporters continue to push for smelter bill vote

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 11:01 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Supporters of an endangered western Kentucky aluminum smelter are pushing for a House vote on a bill that would allow the plant to buy cheaper electricity.

The group, from Hancock County where a Century Aluminum plant is located, visited the statehouse Wednesday to pressure lawmakers. Five days remain in this year's legislative session.

Century Aluminum has said it will shut down if the power company Big Rivers doesn't lower its rates or allow the plant to buy electricity on the free market.

Big Rivers has said a House bill that intends to resolve those issues would raise rates on residential customers. Lawmakers amended the bill to address rate concerns. But the utility has said lawmakers should not interfere in the matter.

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The legislation is House Bill 211.

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