Alumnia Inc Case Analysis

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The simulation focus is on a company named Alumina which is based in the USA. Alumina is a maker of Aluminum and operates in 8 countries: Alumina Inc is a manufacture of automotive components, packaging materials, bauxite mining, alumina refining, and alumina smelting. As a company dealing with Aluminum, they have to deal with the issue of staying within Environmental regulation. Alumina has dealt with environmental violation in the past. According to the simulation, Alumina was reported to be in violation of environmental discharge norms in a routine Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance evaluation inspection 5 years ago. The EPA found that the PAH level was above the prescribed limit. The violation was promptly addressed and noted as corrected by the EPA. Alumina is not only a company that has to deal with Environmental regulation, they also have to deal with there public image.

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In the simulation Alumina has reported in the local daily paper (The Erehwon Reporter) allegation that there company has repeatedly contaminated the waters of Lake Dira. These accusations came from a 38 year old single mother Kelly Bates who feels that her 10 year old daughter has leukemia due to consumption of the contaminated water. The senior team of Alumina now has to deal with how the public views the company after these allegations. To insure the company is in compliance with Environmental regulation, Alumina conducted an impendent study. In that study it revealed that Alumina was under the level of PAH required by the EPA. After that issue was taken care of The Erehwon Reporter and Kelly Bates requested that information be given to them regarding the violation 5 years ago. Under the Freedom of Information Act, Alumina must comply with the request. According to the Department of Justice (DOJ) it is generally required under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to disclose records requested in writing by any person. However, agencies may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute. The purpose of this FOIA act is to allow citizens the right to request information. In respond to the request the Senior team will allow partial release of it information by doing so this will not jeopardize the information or trade secrets that make them different from there competitor . After the company released the information requested, Kelly Bates threatened to file lawsuit against Alumina stating that the company maybe the cause of her 10 year old daughter leukemia.

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