Not casting aspersions here. But there were some heavy hitters in the region who repeated the "Alcoa is Evil!"™ mantra so often, I wondered if they had trademarked it.
One got canned over a faux documentary. Another died. Another's director moved on to greener pastures. The rest had their little slice of heaven taken away when the State abolished their tax-junketed commission. And a handful vowed to continue the fight. After lost court battles have struck a death knell for the Utopian plans to expropriate Alcoa's vast property holdings, even the McCrory Administration---which has supported that socialist plan since he took office---has been uncharacteristically silent.
For the environmental organization that bears the name of the river is purports to 'protect and serve', I can't imagine why, with all the bruhaha over hexavalent chromium contamination, that they don't take a front and center position on coal ash.
Actually, I can imagine it. Just follow the money trail. Coal ash cleanup would not enrich organizations, donors, or bureaucrats as much as wrestling control over the ownership of a few hydroelectric dams and the real estate under the lake. Their is not enough money in "clean water" to make them a "River of Opportunity".
Sad, but true. It's THE SILENCE OF THE SCAMS!