Alcoa relicensing hearings tonight and Wednesday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The public can speak about the environmental impact of Alcoa Power Generating’s proposed Yadkin Project relicensing at hearings tonight in Lexington and Wednesday in Albemarle.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will take public comment as part of its efforts to develop an environmental impact statement for the project.

Alcoa is asking for a new 50-year license to operate a series of power-generating dams and reservoirs along the Yadkin River, including High Rock Lake and the Tuckertown, Narrows and Falls reservoirs.

Tonight’s meeting will be 7-9 p.m. at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center, 217 S. Main St., Lexington. Wednesday’s meeting will be 7-9 p.m. at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, 26032-b Newt Road, Albemarle.

Those who cannot attend the meetings but would like to comment on the project may submit written comments to Magalie R. Salas, secretary for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, at 888 First St. N.E., Washington, DC 20426. Include the project docket number, P-2197-073, on the comments.