I don’t know how much more transparency from Alcoa the Salisbury Post (Alcoa wields double-edged sword of openness) could want. Stakeholders from every level of government and organizations affected by the project participated heavily in Alcoa’s entire relicensing process, from 2002 until 2007, and reached a good relicensing agreement signed by a majority of stakeholders. Alcoa’s license application and all correspondence to and from FERC are public record.
Alcoa released all emails concerning discussions about dissolved oxygen upgrade technology and independent dissolved oxygen reports. Alcoa released audited financial reports and set up an environmental hotline. Alcoa has provided regular updates on redevelopment of the Badin Works site and their efforts to bring jobs to Badin. Alcoa has held quarterly meetings with the community.
Meanwhile, the Stanly County Commissioners have held an inordinate number of “closed sessions”. They have spent over $5 million of taxpayers’ money to thwart Alcoa’s license, voted on cloaked consent agenda items to make over $1 million budget amendments, without discussion. There has been no firm statement of what their license terms would be, if successful, or any kind of a realistic financial model. Their accusations demonizing Alcoa get headlines but don’t stand up to scrutiny.
Two incumbent Stanly County Commissioners were up for reelection this year. They were faced by three challengers in the Republican primary who were critical of their handling of Alcoa’s relicensing, use of taxpayers’ money, and turning jobs away. These three garnered a majority of the votes, defeating one incumbent and splitting their votes to allow the other to retain the nomination. Two Democratic challengers critical of the status quo will face the Republicans in the fall election.
Informed citizens overwhelming back relicensing Alcoa. Check out Stanly County’s secrets revealed on www.theyadkinfacts.com and join the discussion on the Yadkin’s only open blog www.yadkinviews.com .