No, dam it, Alcoa, go away already

A federal appeals court has ruled against Alcoa in its bid to speed the process of granting a federal license to operate four dams along the Yadkin River in Stanly County.

Alcoa's bid to continue operating the dams, which it built along the river to provide energy for a now-closed smelting plant near Badin, is opposed by state officials and by environmental groups. Gov. Bev Perdue's administration has said it could attract new jobs if it were to operate the dams, which are along a 38-mile stretch of the Yadkin River.

I guess the answer "No." won't be heard until they get tired of paying lawyers. Honestly, my google alert for news: Yadkin Alcoa has had no hits for months. The rusty wheels of justice turn very slowly.

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After next year

Mr. Pope will own the the North Carolina court system as well as the legislature. Good thing this is a federal issue, where at least we the people have the illusion of influence ... for now.