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REMINDER: Public invited to comment on renewal permit for remedial activities at Badin Business Park (formerly Alcoa-Badin Works facility)

Raleigh

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Waste Management is seeking public feedback on a draft renewal permit to conduct remedial activities for contaminated soil and groundwater at the former Alcoa-Badin Works facility in Badin.

The public comment period began Aug. 13 and was extended until Nov. 11 due to Hurricane Florence. A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Stanly County Public Library, located at 133 East Main Street in Albemarle.

The permit and related documents are available online at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/waste-management/waste-management-rules-data/e-documents. Electronic files can be searched through the public interface and entering “NCD003162542” into the Program ID field.

The draft permit can be can be found at: https://deq.nc.gov/news/events/badin-business-park-llc-public-hearing. Printed copies of the permit and related documents may be reviewed at the division’s Hazardous Waste Section File Room in Raleigh. To make an appointment to review the documents, please call (919) 707-8272.

Public comments on the renewal permit should be mailed to: Julie S. Woosley, Chief; N.C. Division of Waste Management; Hazardous Waste Section; 1646 Mail Service Center; Raleigh, N.C., 27699-1646. All comments received by Nov. 11, 2018 will be considered in the final determination regarding permit renewal.

The former Alcoa-Badin Works facility was a primary aluminum smelting plant that began operations in 1916.  Aluminum production was curtailed in August 2002, but the plant continued to manufacture anodes and high-purity aluminum until 2007. It was permanently closed in 2010. Prior to closure, the facility generated approximately 2,700 tons per year of Spent Potlining, which the Environmental Protection Agency considers a hazardous waste, from the production of aluminum metal. The draft renewal permit addresses implementation of corrective action to treat contaminated soil and groundwater. The former plant site has been redeveloped into a business park.

 

 

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