Washington, DC 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest reported event):  November 28, 2012


(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)





(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer
Identification Number)




801 Crescent Centre Drive, Suite 600, Franklin, Tennessee 37067

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)



Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (615) 771-5700



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Item 1.04.

Mine Safety – Reporting of Shutdowns and Patterns of Violations


The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act contains reporting requirements regarding mine safety, including a requirement to disclose the receipt of a written notice from the Mine Safety and Health Administration ("MSHA") of a potential pattern of violations under section 104(e) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (the “Mine Act”).

On November 28, 2012, we received written notification from MSHA that a potential pattern of violations of mandatory health or safety standards under the Mine Act exists at our alumina refinery in Gramercy, Louisiana (“the Gramercy Refinery”).  Under an Interagency Agreement between MSHA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, MSHA has jurisdiction over alumina refineries.

MSHA uses a screening process to identify mines that it believes exhibit a potential pattern of violations. MSHA’s screening process included a review of the Gramercy Refinery’s compliance, accident, and employment records for the 12 months ending September 30, 2012.

Noranda has committed significant resources over the past year to improve its record of compliance.  However, we intend to submit to MSHA a corrective action program designed to reduce the rate and severity of findings in future MSHA inspections.   Failure to reduce the rate and severity of findings in future MSHA inspections could result in MSHA making the determination that a pattern of violations does exist at the Gramercy Refinery. Such a determination could have a significant impact on the operations of the Gramercy Refinery.  We intend to continue to work cooperatively with MSHA to improve our future inspection results and to demonstrate the commitment we and our employees share to continual improvement in our safety program and safety performance.





            Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


                                                                                                NORANDA ALUMINUM
                                                                                                HOLDING CORPORATION


Date:  December 17, 2012                                               By:   /s/ Gail E. Lehman                  

                                                                                                Gail E. Lehman

                                                                                                Chief Administrative Officer