Alcoa has completed much of the Badin Lake sediment capping project. Badin Lake levels were lowered to about 15' below full pond to allow remediation work. During that time, the Old Whitney Dam was visible, probably for the last time during many of our lifetimes. Lake levels have now been returned to 5' below full pond, where they will remain until the completion of the capping project the end of January. More information on Alcoa's website: http://www.alcoa.com/locations/usa_badin/en/home.asp
The Badin Centennial (1913-2013) has its own website: http://badin100.com/
WRAL did an interview with John Skvarla, the new DENR Secretary, which you may find interesting: http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/video/11942398/#/vid11942398
Speaking of DENR, the results of PCB testing in fish tissue above and below Badin Lake (There is more to the Yadkin River, Roger Dean, than is dreamt of in your philosophy.) shouldn't be tooooo much longer.
There's nothing to do but wait for the next step from DENR regarding Alcoa's Water Quality Certificate application.
Gov. Perdue and Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco have quietly slipped from office, although I expect Crisco to show up somewhere else as Roger Dick's ventriloquist dummy. (You can see Roger's lips move when Crisco talks.)