Tonight's public hearing on Badin Lake sediment capping‏

Okay, okay.  I missed the public hearing tonight regarding Alcoa's proposal to cap the sediment in Badin Lake as a means of mitigating any hazard to the drinking water supply. 

But is it correct that only one, irrate, paid environmental activist stepped forward to publicly object to the proposal?  I heard that six members of the public stepped up to comment in favor of recapping without delay.  Is it true that they recessed the public hearing twice, to see if anyone else would show up to comment against Alcoa.

If so, they were more than generous to the strident minority who are still pursuing that "Alcoa Is Evil" agenda.  And is it accurate, as I heard, that the one speaker against the proposal hurled insults and ad hominum attacks against the majority of speakers who favored the plan as proposed?

What exactly did the paid environmental activist say to insult those with whom he disagreed?  Please be specific, as I was shocked by what I was told, but I was not there to have heard it first-hand.

SGW

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Comment by Ann on August 4, 2012 at 6:40pm

Yep, you pretty much heard it right.  They recessed the meeting twice to see if anyone else would show up to make public comments, not specificallly against the project.

I suspect the strident minority will submit written comments, which won't be up for public debate as the public comments would have been.  No problem, I respect DENR's knowledge and ability to deal with them.  The "usuals" - Jimmy Dick, Chris Bramlett, one or more of the Nance's, Ken Honeycutt, Fletcher Hartsell - showed up for the URRC meeting the night before, but most of them signed up for and then passed on making public comments.  The only other takeover ally I saw at the DENR public hearing was Fletcher Hartsell, who came in late and didn't say anything.  There were a number of other Alcoa supporters there who didn't speak.

After the meeting, a few of us were outside conversing when the Yadkin Riverkeeper came out.  I took the opportunity to ask him pointedly why he had not once called for testing for PCBs in High Rock Lake.  He never did answer.  DENR and the EPA are currently testing for PCBs above and below Badin Lake.  I wouldn't give the Riverkeeper any credit for that.  At the November 2011 meeting of the URRC, he asked the URRC to write to DENR requesting a risk assessment for Badin Lake.  I said, "and the rest of the river", which is how the letter went out.  However, I believe DENR and the EPA had already begun thieir testing prior to that.

Unable to account for his own lack of interest in anything he doesn't think he can blame on Alcoa, he quickly went on the attack.  First he brought up the old chestnut accusation he made to the Secretary of State about Larry Jones, and I said Larry had been exhonerated.  Then he said "my group" had received money from Alcoa, and I said "not one penny."  Finally, he said
"You're all whores!"  The night before he had called John D. Young a whore following the URRC meeting.  At one point he screamed at me at the top of his lungs, with a great deal of anger, from about 6" away from my face.  I'd have to say it was fear-inducing.  The guy's got quite a bit of height and weight on me, not that I'm interested in a physical confrontation anyway.

Comment by another David on August 5, 2012 at 3:32pm

Dean Naujoks is lacking the values and character that are necessary for anyone to be a decent human being or a good riverkeeper.

Comment by Ann on August 7, 2012 at 1:03pm

There's an article on the public hearing in today's SNAP:  http://thesnaponline.com/x1962241875/Individuals-weigh-in-on-Badin-...

Dean Naujoks has already begun his usual all-purpose effort to blame Alcoa for any contamination found downriver.  But, also as usual, it doesn't hold water.  Sediment testing has shown that the containated sediment in Badin Lake - which will be capped - has not migrated.  There are two areas where contaminated sediment has been found.  One is about 2 miles below the Narrows Dam, at a public access boat landing in Morrow Mountain State Park. Alcoa has never done anything in that area.  The only possible connection to Alcoa would be the capacitor that was found just below the Narrows Dam, in, I'm not sure what to call it, a side channel or backwater area.  Alcoa removed the capacitor and contaminated sediment there a few years ago.  Sediment testing showed the contamination never reached the river.  So, what needed to be done has already been done, and there's no scientific basis for thinking it would have caused contamination two miles farther down the river.

The other area where contaminated sediment has been found is below the Lake Tillery Dam, in what is now Duke's project area.  Does any rational human being seriously think Alcoa did anything to containate sediment way down there?  It's 15 miles below Alcoa's project!  PCBs were widely used, and Alcoa is not the source of all PCB contamination.  How about some scientific basis, Deano, not your usual wild speculation and irrational accusations?

 

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