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Monday, March 16, 2009

Power company sues county for records related to license renewal

The Alcoa power company, which controls four reservoirs, sued Stanly County for allegedly not responding to records requests and improperly redacting nonprivileged information, the Charlotte Observer reported. The power company wants the judge to decide if the records are exempt from the law, to order the disclosure of the records and to force the county to reimburse Alcoa for its attorney fees. Alcoa is attempting to renew a 50-year federal hydroelectric license.

The Alcoa power company sued Stanly County on Friday, saying government officials have dragged their feet in responding to public-records requests.

Alcoa Power Generating Inc., which controls four reservoirs along the Yadkin River, is hoping to renew a 50-year federal hydroelectric license.

The county has spent nearly a million dollars fighting the renewal. It says the company has not cleaned up 90 years' worth of pollution, a charge Alcoa denies.

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