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Alcoa, Stanly County Tussle Over Jobs In Badin

Alcoa says it has recruited a green energy company called Clean Tech Silicon and Bar LLC to set up shop in Badin and bring hundreds of jobs. The town of Badin all but collapsed when Alcoa closed its smelter there years ago and laid off 900 people. But Tuesday night, Stanly County Commissioners refused to approve the deal Alcoa is proposing for Clean Tech Silicon. County Commissioner Tony Dennis tells the Salisbury Post that Alcoa is "holding the jobs 'hostage' to get the county to drop its legal challenge of Alcoa's water quality certificate." Alcoa is seeking to renew its hydroelectric license for four dams it operates on the Yadkin River. Stanly County Commissioners say Alcoa doesn't deserve to profit from the electricity since it no longer operates the aluminum smelter in Badin. Read the latest from the Salisbury Post here. Read WFAE's past coverage of Alcoa's struggle to maintain control of the Yadkin River here.