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February 23, 2006

Alcoa Employees Selected to Assist Leading Environmental Scientists with Earthwatch Institute's Field Research Projects

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 23, 2006--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that 15 of its employees have been selected to assist in scientific field research studies around the world with leading environmental scientists from Earthwatch Institute, the global volunteer organization that works toward a sustainable environment by engaging people through research, conservation and education based programs.



The selected employees work at Alcoa locations around the world and will travel in the coming months to Earthwatch Institute research sites where they will assist teams of scientists with on-going research projects on critical environmental issues.

"As a corporate citizen with locations around the globe, Alcoa is committed to doing our part to create a sustainable future and to being part of the solution for global environmental issues," said Rob Bear, corporate director of Environment. "Through our partnership with Earthwatch Institute, we are investing in our environment's future as well as investing in the professional development of our employees, who gain different perspectives, learn new skills, work in teams and explore diverse cultures during their expeditions."

The Alcoa Earthwatch Fellows nominate themselves for selection and are selected on merit by a team of judges from Alcoa and Earthwatch Institute. All travel and accommodation costs are paid, and the fellows use their available vacation time to participate on the projects for up to two weeks under the guidance of leading environmental scientists. Alcoa provides a grant to Earthwatch to support research projects where the Alcoa employees are participating.

During their expeditions, the Alcoa Earthwatch Fellows will publish a diary of their experiences along with photographs on www.alcoa.com/earthwatch The following Alcoa representatives have been selected to participate in the Earthwatch projects.

Australia
Heather Burne of Alcoa World Alumina Australia in Huntly, WA
Ron Pettit of Alcoa World Alumina Australia in Huntly, WA
David Willyams of Alcoa World Alumina Australia in Marrinup, WA
Sasanka Thilakasiri of Alcoa World Alumina Australia in Kwinana, WA
Lyndon Davidson of Alcoa World Alumina Australia in Waroona, WA

Canada
Dany Pleau of Alcoa - Aluminerie de Deschambault in Quebec

China
Kenny Wang of AFL Automotive in Shanghai

Philippines
Glenda Reyes of Alcoa Closure Systems International in Calamba, Laguna

Romania
Anca Barbat of AFL Automotive in Nadab
Alina-Marie Crasnianec of AFL Automotive in Caransebes

Spain
Ana Gonzalvo of Alcoa Closure Systems International in Barcelona

Suriname
Brigitte Kasanpawiro of Suralco in Paranam
Kenneth Rensch of Suralco in Paranam

USA
Bruce Croissant of Alcoa's Kawneer Co. in Greenwood, Indiana
Casey Stratton of Alcoa Howmet Castings in Hampton, Virginia

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, 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 129,000 employees in 42 countries and has been named one of the top three most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com

About Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch Institute is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1971 which supports scientific field research worldwide by offering members of the public unique opportunities to work alongside leading field scientists and researchers. The Earthwatch mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. More information can be found at www.earthwatch.org