Environmental reports on PCBs in Badin Lake

At Tuesday evening's meeting on the remediation sediment capping in Badin Lake, Dean Naujoks, the Yadkin Riverkeeper, asked if there were any reports from the state or federal environmental agencies on the PCBs in Badin Lake.  I don't know why he would ask that question.  These reports have been pointed out to him time and time again.  I got so tired of repeating myself that I posted links to them on my website.  It is his job to be conversant with these reports.  Yet, he has, for several years now, completely ignored their findings and continued to make false and unfounded accusations against Alcoa.

So, for the umpteenth time, here are a few of the highlights from these reports, with links to them ~~

Hearing Officer’s Report, May 6, 2009, NC Division of Water Quaity  (page 7):

”Although PCB types used at the Alcoa plant were found in the fish tissue samples, the samples also indicated the presence of many PCB types not found in materials used at Alcoa. Therefore, it appears that the presence of PCBs in the fish tissue is a watershed-based issue.”

NC Division of Public Health Opinion Paper on “Source Tracking” of PCBs in Badin Lake to the Alcoa/Badin Facility PCB Releases, July 2010 (page 3):

“It is the opinion of DPH that there is not adequate information to directly associate the PCBs found in the fish of Badin Lake, or found in blood samples of persons consuming fish from Badin Lake, to identify the Alcoa/Badin facility as the ONLY possible source.”  (further detail follows)

EPA Review Comments for Badin Lake, February 2010 (pages 2, 8, and 9):

“the fish with the greatest PCB contamination ... was collected in the NW Arm of the Lake” (upriver from the Alcoa plant)

“EPA has problems with John H. Rodgers conclusions from this study.”  “There are significant problems with this study’s data.” “There are problems with the John Rodgers data quality and conclusions.”  (The Rodgers reports were paid for and relied upon by Stanly County and the Yadkin Riverkeeper.)

Alcoa has never denied that PCB's used in electrical and hydraulic equipment before their dangers were known inadvertently leaked into the sediment of Badin Lake.  Alcoa has been testing for and monitoring them since the 1990s.  However, to the best of my knowledge, they are not present in levels which are unsafe or which require mediation.  Alcoa is voluntarily planning to cap the contaminated sediments to isolate them, and to make sure that, at no time in the future, do they become resuspended in the lake water or migrate.  Alcoa is working with state and federal environmental agencies to carry this action out under their supervision and with their approval.  This is what acting responsiby looks like!

Views: 370

Tags: Alcoa, Badin Lake, PCBs, Stanly County, Yadkin Riverkeeper, dean naujoks, environment, remediation

Comment

You need to be a member of Yadkin Voices & Views to add comments!

Join Yadkin Voices & Views

The Yadkin River's Online Community

JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

News, views, and tidbits about:

  • Alcoa relicensing issues (Alcoa Yadkin, Yadkin Riverkeeper, Central Park NC, Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission, Stanly County officials and elections)
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Events
  • Recreation
  • Fishing & Hunting
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife
  • Scenic vistas
  • Art & Photography
  • History
  • and anything  else of interest!

 For more information, please read the About page. 

follow us on twitter and facebook
 

Events

ARCHIVED POSTS

Click on the "BLOGS" tab to see all Blog posts.

Politics

Look who's paying for Pat McCrory's campaign!

NC Division of Water Quality issues 401 Water Certification to Alcoa

Clean sweep for Alcoa against McCrory administration in court

So Much for that River of Opportunity!

Judge asks "Why isn't this like some banaba republic that confiscates property?"

State Board of Elections refers Hartsell campaign finance case to prosecutors

State loses second Alcoa lawsuit

Judge nixes State claim

Three Updates

Dean Naujoks sails into the sunset

Keith Crisco loses primary bid for U.S. House

Former Cabarrus County Clerk of Court Challenges Fletcher Hartsell in District 36

Alcoa remains committeed to the community

Judge throws McCrory lawsuit for a loop

NC Wildlife shoots itself in both kneecaps

FERC denies New Energy's request for rehearing

McCrory's DENR has double-standard

Non-existent URRC acting like nothing's changed

NC Dept. of Administration files suit to have Alcoa riverbed declared state property

URRC:  A legacy of Big Bad Government stains the State's history of freedom

Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission (URRC) dissolved

Mud-slinging as strategy

News Flash:  FERC denies New Energy Capital motion for late intervention

Beating a Dead Horse - Revisited

Stanly County ends dispute with Alcoa

The Masked Marvel Strikes Again!

Stanly County and Alcoa close to settlement

THE ALCOA DRAMA CONTINUES.....

Davidson County signs Alcoa Relicensing Settlement Agreement

$120,000 Geyser of Opportunity (for attention)

Hartsell faces accusations of profiting illegally on two fronts

Davidson Commission support Alcoa relicensing agreement

Political changes

Vote Ascuitto and Lisk Stanly County Commission

MORE STANLY COUNTY LEGAL EXPENSE ON THE ALCOA DISPUTE

Judge approves Alcoa motion to dismiss

Stanly County's KEYSTONE KOMMISSIONERS

Alcoa to seek NEW Water Quality Permit

MORE LEGAL EXPENSE ON ALCOA -- STANLY COUNTY BUDGET

Ascuitto ad runs in Sunday SNAP

Questions for the anti Alcoa Leaders and County Commissioners to answer

Of all the unmitigated gall

Two Stanly Commissioners Break Ranks

STANLY COUNTY BUDGET & "THE LETTER"

MORE STANLY COUNTY MYSTERY....

BANK OF STANLY

PROPOSED STANLY COUNTY BUDGET -- ALCOA & STANLY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

SOME THOUGHTS WHILE REVIEWING THE STANLY COUNTY BUDGET

STANLY COUNTY BUDGET ~~ Schools Loose Again Next Year, ALCOA Dispute Climbs Again This Year

Another mysterious Stanly County Committee

WHAT A POOR JUSTIFICATION IN A LETTER TO THE STANLY NEWS AND PRESS ON THE STANLY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS $5+ MILLION LOCAL TAX DOLLARS DISPUTE WITH ALCOA & MY RESPONSE

Letters to the Editor 5/24/12

Transparency: Alcoa vs. Stanly County

SALISBURY POST ON ALCOA AND STANLY COUNTY

Who is the NC Water Rights Committee - REALLY?

Money and Influence behind the Takeover Campaign

Incumbent Stanly Commissioners in primary faceoff over Alcoa

Stanly County jobs left knocking at the (closed) door

Stanly County & ALCOA

STANLY COUNTY TAX FUNDS SPENT BY THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON THE ALCOA DISPUTE

"LET'S EXPLAIN THE FACTS RIGHT" not "LET'S GET THE FACTS RIGHT"

Split decision in Stanly County

Bingham primary challengers favor relicensing Alcoa

This 'n' that

Big Bad Government no matter how you look at it

© 2017   Created by Arielle Chastain.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service