Alcoa Power Generating Inc. (APGI) announced this week that it has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) to move forward with its plan to implement the Remediation Action Plan (RAP) at Badin Lake.
Alcoa will place a cap of sand and rock over PCB impacted sediments in two locations, denoted as north and south areas. The sediments have been closely monitored for decades and do not pose a risk to the environment or users of Badin Lake. Capping the sediments is a precautionary measure that will help prevent potential resuspension of the impacted sediments.
The project’s mobilization phase is scheduled to begin the week of November 12. The project requires that water levels within Badin Lake be managed closely. The exact schedule and level for water lowering is subject to change, but the current schedule is as follows:
- Lowering the water to 537.5’ by December 3, 2012 (3.5’ below normal pool)
- Lowering the water to 527.5’ by December 25, 2012 (13.5’ below normal pool)
The lake lowering process will be managed over approximately 14 days but adjustments could be needed. The anticipated low level draw down (527.5’) is planned to stay at the low level for 7-10 days. The schedule for raising the lake to full pond will depend on weather conditions.
It is highly recommended that dock and boat owners take measures to accommodate the lake level management. Areas of the lake will become dry and boat launch areas will be affected.
This blog is your first source of information regarding updates to the project and lake lowering schedules. Updates will be provided weekly throughout the duration of the remediation project. Please check back periodically to stay up to date on project changes and updates.