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Public Comments for Alcoa's new 401 Water Quality Certificate

On November 28, 2012 the NC Division of Water Quality (DWQ) issued a public notice that Alcoa had reapplied for its 401 certification from the state, and set a comment deadline of January 18, 2013. Less than two weeks later, DWQ wrote to Alcoa stating that the application was incomplete and that until the company gave the missing information to the agency, the application would be placed on hold. Because the public cannot comment on an incomplete application, the comment period should have been extended. A few days before the January 18th deadline, attorneys for the state confirmed that the company had not yet provided the missing information, and consequently, the comment deadline would be extended until the application was complete.

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Falalalala from YRK Staff

Thanks to our dedicated supporters, Yadkin Riverkeeper has had a successful year working for clean water and healthy ecosystems throughout the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin. On behalf of our Board of Director’s and staff we want to take this opportunity to share some of our successes in 2012, our outlook for 2013 and demonstrate what can be achieved as we work together for clean water.

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All Hands on Deck: The National Front in the Fight Against Fracking

Developed in its initial form in the 1940s, fracking has now arrived in or could reach everyone’s “backyard.” This includes places with denser development and higher populations (such as the East and Midwest) than has been the case with previous U.S. energy development. When it comes to impacts on communities and natural environments—not least of all the nation’s waterways and watersheds— practically everyone now lives downstream.

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Human Health: The True Cost of Fracking

There are close to a half million gas wells currently operating in the U.S. that employ hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as a means to extract the gas from shale rock formations. Numerous pollutants are released into the air, water and soil as a result of fracking procedures.

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