Big setback for Alcoa in battle for the Yadkin River
December 2, 2010 at 6:38PM
You will recall that Alcoa's APGI subsidiary wants the federal government to renew — for another 50 years — the license under which the corporation operates four dams, four hydropower plants and a string of water-supply reservoirs on the Yadkin River. You will also recall that Stanly County, the Yadkin Riverkeeper and Gov. Perdue since she took office have been fighting Aloca tooth and nail, arguing that:
(1) the only reason Alcoa was allowed to install the hydropower plants in the first place (which, in effect, gave it control of the river) was so it could supply cheap electricity to a big aluminum smelter in Stanly County, but the smelter and the hundreds of jobs that went with it are now kaput; and
(2) in the course of running the plant and the dams, Alcoa polluted the Yadkin but refuses to own up to the damage it's done.