Century said the company is "in the process of discussing modifications that would permit a restart at this time, and we plan to file a motion for reconsideration with the PSC."
During a gubernatorial debate Tuesday night, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he would do everything he can "to get those jobs back in Ravenswood." Tomblin said he would work with Century and Appalachian Power to re-open the plant.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said in a phone interview Tuesday that Century and the PSC are still talking and "want to revisit the issue."
"I respect the Public Service Commission for doing its due diligence. I do not believe the general public should be put at risk. That was [the PSC's] decision," Manchin said.
"I am hoping they can sit down and reach an agreement to create the jobs we need. I think the PSC worked hard and came to a good decision. And it is always good if they are still talking."
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., said in a news release that Century's decision to not move forward in reopening its smelter is "deeply disappointing news."
"I urge Century to do everything that it can to achieve what we have all been working toward - reopening the plant, putting people back to work, and restoring health-care benefits that workers and retirees have earned."
Karen Gorrell, whose husband worked at Century's Ravenswood plant for 33 years, has been leading the retirees' movement to win back pension benefits taken away from them after the company shut the plant down.
In March of this year, retirees voted to accept a deal that would restore part of those benefits -- a step they hoped would help lead to the reopening of the plant.
On Tuesday, Gorrell called Century's decision "pretty disheartening." She said Century retirees would meet Tuesday night, and declined further comment until after that meeting.
As for Jackson County residents, who hope for the reopening of Century's plant, Harris said, "I'm sure they're disappointed. How could they not be?"Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113. Reach Paul J. Nyden at 304-348-5164 or pjny...@wvgazette.com.