Friday, May 10, 2013 —
RALEIGH – State officials will host a public meeting in Albemarle Monday to present information on the environmental cleanup of the former Alcoa aluminum smelter in Badin and on the results of a public health assessment of sediment and fish in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River system.
The public meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the Morrow Mountain State Park Lodge (Community Building) at 49104 Morrow Mountain Road in Albemarle.
The cleanup of the former smelter and the fish and sediment study are unrelated to the subject of a meeting planned for Tuesday on Alcoa Power Generating Inc.’s application for a state water quality certification.
During Monday’s meeting, staff with the DENR’s Division of Waste Management will present information concerning the latest remediation engineering data collection effort conducted at the former aluminum smelter. The data collection included an assessment of material in the on-site landfills, a hydrogeological assessment of the site and an assessment of water quality near the site. The division will also present information on the four cleanup options being considered for the site.
Also during Monday’s meeting, staff with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services will be presenting the results of an assessment of the possible health risks due to polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in sediment and fish tissue collected in water bodies from High Rock Lake at the northern end of the study area to Lake Tillery at the southern end.
The meeting on Monday will include presentations and a question-and-answer session. DENR will hold a public hearing and a formal public comment period on the remedial approach for the plant site in the future. More information can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/hw.