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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Burdens or Bunkum? Proposed Laws Could Destroy WNC’s Water Quality

Water is a vital regional asset for recreation and scenic beauty and it’s also one of our most powerful economic engines. At a time when “jobs” is the buzzword in politics, conservative politicians are attacking one of our economy’s key building blocks. Trout fishing alone brings in more than $174 million to WNC each year; we also have a thriving white-water rafting industry.

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Clean Water Under Attack

Legislation working its way through congress would severly impair the EPA's authority to impose restrictions on polluters nationwide. This legislation would give the states veto power on a number of water quality concerns that the Clean Water Act currently authorizes the EPA to make — essentially circumventing the EPA's ability to stop states from dismantling water quality requirements simply to lure polluters for economic reasons. These short-sighted gains can only result in severe longterm destruction of our country's natural resources.

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House Votes to Roll Back Clean Water Act

In a 239 to 184 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to roll back key provisions of the federal Clean Water Act by passing H.R. 2018, formally known as the "Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011." We call it the "Dirty Water Act."

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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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