Alcoa Deadline Passes
From the Winston-Salem Journal:
RALEIGH — State officials issued no decision Thursday night on a deal that would have created hundreds of jobs if state and local officials dropped their opposition to Alcoa Inc.’s push to renew its multi-decade license to operate four hydroelectric dams along the Yadkin River.
Alcoa officials had warned that unless their route to a new license to operate the dams was cleared by midnight Thursday, Alcoa-backed Clean Tech Silicon and Bar LLC would take its estimated 450 jobs somewhere other than the former Alcoa aluminum smelting plant in Stanly County…
“Governor Perdue will only support an agreement if it protects North Carolinians by ensuring meaningful job creation, preserving our drinking water and safeguarding our lakes and rivers over the span of the license,” Perdue spokeswoman Chris Mackey said.