Regulators ask for input on Alcoa’s PCB plan for Badin Lake

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Badin Lake (WGHP File Photo)

ALBEMARLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators want to hear from neighbors about plans by Alcoa Inc. to cover a lake bottom to prevent a health-harming contaminant near its closed aluminum smelter from moving.

The state Division of Waste Management holds a public hearing Thursday in Albemarle about plans for Alcoa to cap PCB-contaminated sediments in two areas of Badin Lake.

Environmental groups have criticized the plan for not doing enough to clean the lake of PCBs. Activists want the state environment agency to require clean-up so that the fish are safe to eat. Officials have posted signs warning that catfish and large-mouth bass had elevated PCB levels.
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