Alcoa Makes Case for Yadkin River Dams

The improvements will be made regardless of whether Alcoa keeps its license to operate a series of electricity-generating dams along the Yadkin River, said Kevin Anton, an Alcoa vice president and the international corporation's chief sustainability officer. The company also plans to donate 1,000 acres to Morrow Mountain State Park, Anton said.

Anton was interviewed after a closed meeting Wednesday in Mooresville with members of the Yadkin Riverkeeper watchdog group. That meeting and others are part of a new strategy for Alcoa, which is fighting to keep its federal operating licenses along the Yadkin.

The company recently lost the support of the state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources after regulators learned of a series of e-mails that they believe show Alcoa consultants misled DENR about water quality in the Yadkin.

Alcoa needs the state to OK a new water-quality certificate for Alcoa to win a new 50-year federal license.

Story by Travis Fain, Winston-Salem Journal.