Trinidad Rejects Controversial Smelter

The Trinidad government rejected U.S. based ALCOA’s attempt to build a projected $1.5 billion aluminum smelter in the southwestern part of the country.

The government decided to "immediately discontinue all plans to establish an industrial estate in Cap-de-Ville," said Prime Minister Patrick Manning.

The project met continuous protests, as tens of thousand of local residents worried about the environmental and social destruction the pollution spewing plant would cause. It was also expected to decimate the local fishing industry, which supplies many jobs for local communities.

But rather than scrap the project completely, it was reported that the government suggested other cites as alternatives.

"We will be sitting down with them to learn about these sites and where we go from there," said an ALCOA spokesperson.