Badin Lake Clean-Up
Alcoa’s Aluminum Smelting Facility near Badin Lake caused PCB contamination in the lake and left hazardous waste on–site. The Yadkin Riverkeeper and Duke Environmental Law Clinic shared the story of the local impacted community with the NCEJN. Alongside SELC, we collaborate with the affected community in Stanly County to submit comments to the regulating agency on harm to communities of color from PCB contamination and on-going problems with inadequate site clean-up.
The beach at Badin Lake is of particular concern because it is frequented by nearby communities of color and also by local fishermen who fish in the lake for food. Additionally, the lake is in the heart of the picturesque Uwharrie Mountains and is home to significant Native American culture sites.
NCEJN is committed to organizing with the local West Badin community to address the years of land and water contamination caused by Alcoa. As such, on August 16th, 2013, we submitted comments to the state Division of Waste Managementon on Alcoa’s Phase 4 & 5 corrective measures study.
On February 25th, 2013, we submitted comments on Alcoa’s 401 Water Quality Certification application and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Relicensing Yadkin/Yadkin Pee-Dee Hydroelectric Projects 2197 and 2206. These comments were submitted to the North Carolina Division of Water Quality.
On August 24th, 2012, we submitted comments to NCDENR’s NC Hazardous Waste Section on Alcoa Badin Operations, Badin Lake Sediment Remedial Action Plan and the Draft Administrative Agreement for State-Directed Remedial Action Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 130A-310.9(b).