Badin Lake

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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Badin Lake

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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Stanly County vs. Alcoa

The political, legal and environmental battle between Alcoa and the people of Stanly County once appeared to be a mutually beneficial relationship between an industrial employer and local residents, but has now devolved into an all-out war over water rights and the future of the county.

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