A Toxic Legacy in Badin
The Alcoa aluminum smelter in Badin is gone but the waste from decades of aluminum production remains. Yadkin Riverkeeper is working with the Badin community to have areas around the former Badin smelter, which contains 44 identified hazardous waste sites, designated by the EPA as a Superfund site.
Alcoa's Yadkin River Project
Despite being closed, the Badin site discharged over 500 pounds of cyanide into the waters of Little Mountain Creek in 2010 alone.
The State of North Carolina, as of spring 2015, is in a lawsuit disputing who owns the bed of the Yadkin River, Alcoa or the public.
The estimated revenue of Alcoa's Yadkin Project exceeds $10 million a year, with the power being sold now that the smelter is closed.
For 90 years, Alcoa owned and operated an aluminum smelter along the banks the Yadkin River, specifically Badin Lake. During that time, cyanide, fluoride, PCB’s, PAH’s and other toxins, including arsenic, were generated and disposed of through Alcoa’s 13 outfall pipes into Badin Lake and outfalls into Little Mountain Creek. Hazardous materials were also buried throughout the community of Badin at 44 identified location, without liners. Buried waste continues to contaminate ground and surface water around the old Badin smelter. In November 2014 the EPA agreed to conduct a preliminary assessment for Superfund status of the retired Alcoa smelter site. Join the Riverkeeper as we work alongside the residents of the Badin community to protect beautiful Badin lake and its landscape for future generations.