Bauxite plant closes after fire at plant

WASHINGTON — The bauxite factory at the edge of a coal ash fire at a processing plant in southern Washington is closing.

The Associated Press reported that the facility, which processes about 5 million tons of bauxites a year, will close Jan. 1.

It’s the largest closure in Bauxites since the plant began operations in 2008.

The fire burned at the Bauxit plant in Georgetown, Washington.

The company said it’s working to make repairs.

Bauxitic, a type of mineral mined from coal ash, has been a source of coal for years in the U.S. but is becoming a less common product because of increased coal use in electric vehicles and other energy-saving technologies.

The U.N. agency said the fire has destroyed more than 1,000 structures.