Alcoa announces drawdown, temporary closure of Badin Lake

Company to remove PCBs, contaminated soil; November-December timeframe scheduled


August 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Fish-consumption advisory signs dot the shoreline at Badin Lake, which will be drawn down 15 to 20 feet this fall to remove or cap PCBs at two sites.
Jack Horan
Fish-consumption advisory signs dot the shoreline at Badin Lake, which will be drawn down 15 to 20 feet this fall to remove or cap PCBs at two sites.
A planned drawdown by Alcoa to permanently cap hazardous chemicals on the bottom of Badin Lake would effectively close the lake to boating and fishing in November and early December.

The company has tentatively scheduled a drawdown of 15 to 20 feet to begin in early November to expose two areas of lake bottom that contain PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). PCB-contaminated mud would be removed where possible, and the remainder covered with gravel and other materials.

The lowered lake levels would close public boating ramps on the lake and would strand most of the 1,150 private docks around the 5,350-acre impoundment, according to Robert Brown, a spokesman for Alcoa.

"While some parts of the lake are extremely deep, the lake will essentially be closed during this time," said Brown, who explained that once the lake level drops 5 feet – estimated at several days after the drawdown begins – public boat ramps would be closed until the lake is refilled by mid- to late December.

Brown said Alcoa scheduled the drawdown for late fall to minimize the impact on recreation. He stressed that the drawdown and remediation won’t take place until they’re approved by regulators.

The N.C. Division of Waste Management must give its okay, although it’s not clear when that would come.

"The remediation work can not start until the public comment period for the draft Sediment Remediation Plan has closed and comments have been evaluated," said Cathy Akroyd, public information officer for NCDWM. The public comment period closed August 24.

Brown noted, however, that should the schedule slip, Alcoa may postpone the drawdown until 2013.

"The schedule could be pushed back slightly, but Alcoa does not want to risk not having the lake full for the beginning of the spring recreation season or fish spawning period. If the schedule gets too tight, the work will be delayed until fall, 2013," he said.

Alcoa last drew down Badin lake by 15 to 20 feet in December 2003 to conduct a relicensing study of fish and aquatic habitat.

The remediation project came about because of stormwater discharges to Badin Lake that occurred during and before the 1970s from Alcoa’s Badin Works plant, which closed in 2010. PCBs flowed into the lake from two outfalls from the plant and now sit in sediment covering 3.7 acres, according to a remediation fact sheet posted on-line by Alcoa.

One of the PCB sites is next to the boat ramp across NC 740 from the former plant; the other is several hundreds yards north near the western shoreline.

A fish-consumption advisory sign posted at the Badin boat ramp warns of elevated levels of PCBs found in some catfish and largemouth bass in Badin Lake.

Brown said the drawdowns would not affect other lakes on the Yadkin system, including High Rock, Tuckertown and Falls.


View other articles written Jack Horan


Reports / Forum
Opening Day Success  This report contains photos  
April 13 at 2:44 am | 1313 Views | 2 Comments
First turkey hunt, first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 3:41 pm | 1229 Views | 2 Comments
Getting Started: Equipment, Bait, Shops, Lakes...Advice? 
April 10 at 4:45 pm | 1061 Views | 0 Comments
Son's first Kill!  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 7:28 am | 891 Views | 1 Comments
1st Thunder Chicken  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 8:49 am | 881 Views | 4 Comments
My 7 year old daughters first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 09 at 8:14 pm | 701 Views | 1 Comments
Opening Morning Double!!  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 8:17 am | 617 Views | 3 Comments
First Turkey...  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 12:39 pm | 489 Views | 3 Comments
Black Bass Fishing is Great  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 5:21 pm | 395 Views | 0 Comments
School Trout Inside April Winds  This report contains a video
April 10 at 9:40 am | 385 Views | 0 Comments
opening day success  This report contains photos  
Yesterday at 12:29 pm | 339 Views | 0 Comments
Deep Sea Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 11 at 8:31 pm | 277 Views | 0 Comments
First Turkey 
April 14 at 12:27 pm | 239 Views | 0 Comments
Weldon Stripers 
Yesterday at 7:14 am | 231 Views | 1 Comments
Twin Girls First Turkey!  This report contains photos  
5 hours ago | 135 Views | 0 Comments
Tagged out in two days  This report contains photos  
2 hours ago | 101 Views | 1 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum
1st Thunder Chicken  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 8:49 am | 881 Views | 4 Comments
First Turkey...  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 12:39 pm | 489 Views | 3 Comments
Opening Morning Double!!  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 8:17 am | 617 Views | 3 Comments
Opening Day Success  This report contains photos  
April 13 at 2:44 am | 1313 Views | 2 Comments
First turkey hunt, first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 3:41 pm | 1229 Views | 2 Comments
Tagged out in two days  This report contains photos  
2 hours ago | 101 Views | 1 Comments
Weldon Stripers 
Yesterday at 7:14 am | 231 Views | 1 Comments
Son's first Kill!  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 7:28 am | 891 Views | 1 Comments
My 7 year old daughters first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 09 at 8:14 pm | 701 Views | 1 Comments
Twin Girls First Turkey!  This report contains photos  
5 hours ago | 135 Views | 0 Comments
opening day success  This report contains photos  
Yesterday at 12:29 pm | 339 Views | 0 Comments
First Turkey 
April 14 at 12:27 pm | 239 Views | 0 Comments
Black Bass Fishing is Great  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 5:21 pm | 395 Views | 0 Comments
Deep Sea Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 11 at 8:31 pm | 277 Views | 0 Comments
Getting Started: Equipment, Bait, Shops, Lakes...Advice? 
April 10 at 4:45 pm | 1061 Views | 0 Comments
School Trout Inside April Winds  This report contains a video
April 10 at 9:40 am | 385 Views | 0 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum
Tagged out in two days  This report contains photos  
2 hours ago | 101 Views | 1 Comments
Twin Girls First Turkey!  This report contains photos  
5 hours ago | 135 Views | 0 Comments
opening day success  This report contains photos  
Yesterday at 12:29 pm | 339 Views | 0 Comments
Weldon Stripers 
Yesterday at 7:14 am | 231 Views | 1 Comments
First Turkey...  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 12:39 pm | 489 Views | 3 Comments
First Turkey 
April 14 at 12:27 pm | 239 Views | 0 Comments
Opening Morning Double!!  This report contains photos  
April 14 at 8:17 am | 617 Views | 3 Comments
Opening Day Success  This report contains photos  
April 13 at 2:44 am | 1313 Views | 2 Comments
Black Bass Fishing is Great  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 5:21 pm | 395 Views | 0 Comments
1st Thunder Chicken  This report contains photos  
April 12 at 8:49 am | 881 Views | 4 Comments
Deep Sea Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 11 at 8:31 pm | 277 Views | 0 Comments
Getting Started: Equipment, Bait, Shops, Lakes...Advice? 
April 10 at 4:45 pm | 1061 Views | 0 Comments
First turkey hunt, first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 3:41 pm | 1229 Views | 2 Comments
School Trout Inside April Winds  This report contains a video
April 10 at 9:40 am | 385 Views | 0 Comments
Son's first Kill!  This report contains photos  
April 10 at 7:28 am | 891 Views | 1 Comments
My 7 year old daughters first turkey  This report contains photos  
April 09 at 8:14 pm | 701 Views | 1 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum

Free Classifieds

Halifax County Lease
Halifax County Lease
800 acre lease on QDMA property.12 members complete the lease and we need two. pastures,fields, cutovers, and hardwood swamps. Lots of turkey, deer, and ducks (252)327-1795...
April 11 at 2:46 pm | 111 Views
Brand New Carbon Express Cross Bow
Brand New Carbon Express Cross Bow
This is a brand new bow in the box never been opened never been fired. It is a Carbon Express X-Force 400 Cross Bow. It is a complete package with Rope Cocker and Rail Lube, 4x32 Deluxe Scope, Quick detach 3 arrow quiver, 3 20' crossbolts and 3...
18 hours ago | 22 Views
GUN HUNTS IN KANSAS
GUN HUNTS IN KANSAS
Only a few days left to get your Kansas deer hunting license & permits. Last day to apply is April 24th. I have 3-4 spots available for the exciting gun season Dec 8th thru Dec 14th. Come hunt with me in 'The Land of Giants' on privately managed...
Yesterday at 10:51 pm | 28 Views