There are a few interesting news tidbits in the Lexington Dispatch. 

Report: More time needed to study PCB levels in area lakes .  This was also reported at the last Alcoa Community Advisory Committee meeting in Badin.  DENR and the EPA are checking for PCBs in both sediment and fish tissue in High Rock Lake, Lake Tillery, and upper Blewett Falls Lake.  They're concentrating on areas where the greatest fishing is done.  The fish were caught last fall, and are being tested at an EPA lab near Atlanta.  When the lab data is in, the agencies will need a few months to analyze it.  Despite what the Dispatch article says, my understanding is that they should have results one year from when they started, not one year from now.  So, hopefully we'll know something by early fall.  Also note that Dean Naujoks and Roger Dick have only been interested in one area where they think they can blame Alcoa.  They've never shown the slightest interest in knowing what the situation is in High Rock and the other lakes.  In fact, the URRC only expressed interest in "the rest of the Yadkin" when several of the outsiders at an earlier meeting brought that up.  Left to their own initiatives, the URRC insiders have been exclusivey focused on Alcoa.

Board debates whether to show formal support to Alcoa .  It sounds like a majority of the Davidson County Commissioners are in favor of formally supporting Alcoa's relicensing.  When they decided not to sign the Agreement in Principle back in 2006, they were concerned only about better winter lake levels in High Rock Lake.  None of the other state takeover party lines had even been mentioned at that time.  And you may remember that, initially, it was Stanly County, not the Governor, who wanted to take over the project.

 

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Tags: alcoa, bewett falls lake, davidson commission, environment, high rock lake, lake tillery, pcb, relicensing, water quality, yadkin

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