TWO DAYS LEFT TO SAVE THE YADKIN RIVER! PLEASE CALL GOVERNOR BEVPERDUE AND TELL HER TO NOT TO SUPPORT ALCOA'S DEADLINE. IT MAY BE YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR 50 YEARS!
Last December, Yadkin Riverkeeper and Stanly County prevailed in a lawsuit when itwas revealed at trial Alcoa falsified dissolved oxygen data on its 401 Water QualityCertification which led NC state officials to revoke Alcoa’s Water Quality Certification(PROVIDE LINK) needed to obtain the 50-year license. Alcoa has since appealed thedecision but in an attempt to avoid going back to trial in February, Alcoa has offeredto pay Stanly County $50 million dollars in cash to drop its lawsuit and pressureGovernor Perdue to walk away from the State’s efforts to recapture the Yadkin River.Alcoa and a newly formed company Clean Tech (with a very questionable trackrecord) say they are ready to create 250 jobs in Stanly County – but the offer comeswith conditions. In exchange, Stanly County Commissioners have to support Alcoa’sbid for a new 50-year license to control the Yadkin River. Plus, the Governor has togrant Alcoa a new 401 Water Quality Certificate despite documented contaminationissues and the failure to comply with dissolved oxygen standards. If these demandsare not met by December 15th, Alcoa and Clean Tech have threatened to move the jobs to another state. See “Alcoa and The Big Bribe” PROVIDE LINK This is the political equivalent of blackmail. Stanly County Commissioners wiselyasked Alcoa to tie the jobs to the 50-year license and commit to pay legally bindingpenalties ($1million per year for the duration of the license) if it failed to live up toits end of an agreement. Alcoa refused. All Alcoa has done is make promises which,as the Commissioners stated in their press release, “are not worth the paper theyare written on.” Stanly County has since identified other companies wanting torelocate to the region that do not require giving up the 50 year license.A recent statewide poll (PROVIDE LINK) conducted by Central Park NC revealed 75%of voters in NC currently support Governor Perdue's position to not grant Alcoa the50 year license. If Alcoa receives its federal license and then Clean Tech announcesit will not be opening the Badin plant it would be a terrible deal for NC. In contrast,public ownership over the Yadkin River would create thousands of jobs over the next50 years through low cost electricity (as an economic incentive to recruit business)and provide clean drinking water for future generations. The Governor is being heavily pressured into taking Alcoa's offer. If there was ever atime to speak up on this issue, the time is now! We have two days left! Please takea one minute of your time to contact Governor Bev Perdue today and tell her:!) You do NOT support her reversing her position and giving into Alcoa's demands.We want jobs that do not come at the expense of giving up the 50 year license forthe Yadkin River!