Rain CII Carbon - Chalmette, La. Plant

CHALMETTE, LA – DECEMBER 22, 2012 – The Rain CII Chalmette plant restarted operations yesterday after a routine maintenance shutdown. The plant has been and continues operating under normal conditions since start up yesterday and there was no release from our facility. We are cooperating with the DEQ, Coast Guard, and Fire Department in their requests for information on this reported incident. We strive to operate our facilities in full compliance with all federal, state, and local environmental permits.

Rain CII is committed to safety and minimizing our ecological impact on surrounding communities, and the environment in general. We will continue to work with authorities to provide whatever information is needed regarding our operations.

About Rain CII

Rain CII is engaged in the businesses of production and sale of calcined petroleum coke (CPC) and the co-generation of energy (steam and electricity) through heat recovery. Rain Group, which includes Rain CII, is the second largest producer of CPC, with nine production sites worldwide. Since 1988, Rain CII has been serving the needs of aluminum smelters around the world by providing a high-quality CPC, an essential requirement for the manufacture of aluminum.

For further information, please visit www.raincii.com.