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!