Just when I was enjoying the lazy days of summer, the Yadkin Riverkeeper has sprung into action again, spewing alarmist rhetoric guaranteed to raise adrenaline levels across our pastoral area. With his usual flair for the dramatic, he appears to once again be taunting threats to our very survival where none exist.
The case in point relates to announcements of a meeting about, according to his own website, "environmental and public health threats linked to decades of Alcoa’s unpermitted disposal of contaminants in the area." Since I've never heard hide nor hair about Alcoa doing any unpermitted disposal during the time-frame after permits came into being, reckon he's talking about the time-period before permits existed, when everyone disposed of their trash on their own property. Wasn't anything else you could do. By his standards, Native Americans did unpermitted disposal thousands of years ago.
It's curious that he's called this meeting two weeks before the state's public hearing on Alcoa's remedial action plan for Badin Lake.
He's always blamed the PCBs in Badin Lake solely on Alcoa, although state and federal environmental agencies say otherwise. (see Environmental reports on PCBs in Badin Lake) In addition, he now seems to be up in arms over the report Dexter Matthews, Director of the state's Division of Waste Management, gave to the URRC on April 4th. I didn't hear any problems in the report about anything which Alcoa isn't already addressing through the proper environmental agencies. Assuming no one's planning on trespassing on Alcoa's property and diving right into the middle of one of these disposal sites (which I wouldn't recommend), Director Matthews didn't mention any environmental or public health threats. Jim Lisk reported the facts on the Inside Stanly blog several months ago. (see NC Waste Management Report on Contamination Efforts)
I'd rather leave these matters up to the state and federal agencies who have the expertise to handle them. If anyone else plans to go to this meeting, I'd strongly recommend taking your BS meter along. After all, this is the same guy who still has a prominent place on his website about Alcoa's "Big Bribe" which existed nowhere outside his own vivid imagination.
Try a strong pot of Chamomile tea, Dean. It'll do wonders for your blood pressure.