Yadkin's waters are gold mine worth more than Alcoa offers

Alcoa understands that North Carolina is sitting on a gold mine but thinks that we are not intelligent enough to realize it. The Yadkin River can deliver billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to our state - but we need to regain control of it from Alcoa. Its value lies not only in its capacity to generate clean hydro-electricity but also in its ability to leverage other renewable energy sources to meet the future needs of a growing population.

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Regional Commission to Ask EPA About PCBs in Yadkin River Basin

The Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission approved a motion to request the Environmental Protection Agency and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources conduct an ecological risk assessment of the Yadkin River basin to determine whether PCBs in the water are a human health risk.

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Yadkin Riverkeeper Files Intent to Sue Alcoa

Yadkin Riverkeeper today announced that the group has issued a letter of intent to bring a lawsuit under the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) to sue the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) for the company’s unlawful discharge of lethal contaminants at the Badin Works facility in Badin, NC.

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State Control of Yadkin Could Bring Jobs

Inexpensive energy — like hydro-electricity — is the key to the economic future. Energy equals jobs. That is why the state reclaiming its water rights to the Yadkin River from Alcoa Corp. equals jobs.

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Alcoa and the Yadkin River - What’s Next?

The “battle for the Yadkin”, as some have called it, has emerged as one of the Charlotte region’s most fascinating public policy debates in years. At stake are four dams and reservoirs originally built to supply electricity for an aluminum smelting plant operated by Alcoa for over seventy-five years in the Stanly County town of Badin. With the smelting plant now closed, Alcoa has continued operating the dams through a subsidiary, Alcoa Power Generating Inc. (APGI), under a 50-year license issued by the United States government in 1957.

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