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September 15, 2004

Independent Panel of International Judges Names Alcoa 2004 EHS Achievement Award Recipients

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 15, 2004--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced the 12 recipients of its 2004 Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Achievement Awards, which are among the highest honors that a facility, team, or individual can earn within the company. The awards were selected by a panel of independent international experts from renowned organizations such as World Environment Center, The Conference Board, Center of Study for Corporate Sustainability in Argentina, and the Center for Environmental Education and Communications in China.

The awards recognize outstanding effort in the environmental, health, and safety performance of Alcoa businesses worldwide. They also help accelerate the pursuit of sustainability by encouraging the transfer of knowledge among Alcoa locations and among Alcoa and key communities, customers, and stakeholders.

"This year's awardees range from pollution prevention to injury reduction and community outreach," said Alain Belda, Alcoa CEO and Chairman, "All underscore Alcoa's commitment to sustainability and provide progress toward achieving our global EHS goals, which include cleaner air, better use of land and water, and the protection of human health and safety. The initiatives also show the dedication of our people to find innovative ways to address the EHS challenges and opportunities that we as a company face."

Award recipients are:

Low Cost Stormwater Treatment

Mt. Holly, South Carolina -- USA

Residue Carbonation

Kwinana -- Australia

World-class EHS Training Deployment

GBS EHS Services

Safety Performance Continues Improvement

San Ciprian -- Spain

Pollution Prevention Utilizing PVC-free Coating

Tennessee Operations -- USA

Ergonomic Injury Reduction

San Ciprian -- Spain

Waste Oily Sludge Reduction

Tennessee Operations -- USA

Let's Not Ignore the Wastes

Alcoa Aluminerie de Deschambault -- Canada

Millennium Kids -- A Partnership for the Future

Alcoa Australia

Production Up, Emissions Down

Alcoa Aluminerie de Deschambault -- Canada

Online Asbestos Removal Program

Anglesea -- Australia

Efficiency Upgrade Approvals and Community Engagement

Pinjarra -- Australia

For more information on Alcoa's commitment to eliminate waste and injuries, its sustainability efforts, environmental goals, and to learn more about the panel of judges visit the Environment section at www.alcoa.com.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 120,000 employees in 41 countries and has been a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 45 years and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2001. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.