Posts made in June, 2014

U.S. Congresspeople Push Justice for Those Harmed by CTS

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Rep. Butterfield (D-NC) have proposed legislation on a national level that would nullify North Carolina’s statute of repose, paving the way for lawsuits related to toxic contamination to proceed. POWER applauds the decision, as it is a first step to rectifying the injustice of the Supreme Court’s decision against the Asheville community in the CTS v. Waldburger case. From the Congresspeople’s offices: Hagan, Butterfield Introduce Legislation to Allow Justice for Individuals Harmed by Toxic Pollution   Bill Enables Camp Lejeune and CTS Victims...

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Following meetings with POWER, McHenry Advocates for Action

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Members of POWER recently met with Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC10) regarding efforts to clean up the CTS site. McHenry pledged to support the cleanup effort by holding the EPA accountable for actions taken at the site. In a June 25th hearing with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, McHenry advocated for EPA to take immediate action at the site. “Will the EPA urge CTS…to move forward immediately to address the…contamination?” he asked. POWER thanks the Congressman for his on-point questions that address the most pressing concerns at the CTS site. See video footage...

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EPA to Host Public Availability Session

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a public availability session regarding air sampling at the CTS of Asheville, Inc. Site. EPA representatives and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) representatives will be available to talk to citizens one-on-one regarding on-going activities conducted at the CTS of Asheville, Inc. Site. The EPA encourages those interested in attending to drop in between 6:00pm and 9:00pm at the Quality Inn & Suites, Biltmore Room located at 1 Skyline Inn Drive, Arden, NC. During the week of...

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CTS. Corp. Challenging Superfund Listing

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

CTS Corporation, the company responsible for the pollution at the CTS of Asheville Superfund site, is taking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to court over its listing on the Superfund program. “This is a highly toxic site,” stated Lee Ann Smith, chairwoman of POWER, “and it needs to remain on the [Superfund] list so that all necessary actions can be taken and EPA has the full resources to do what they need to do.” Read the Asheville Citizen-Times article on the court case...

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EPA Evacuates Residents Near CTS Due to Toxic Air

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

The Environmental Protection Agency is now evacuating thirteen residents near the CTS of Asheville Superfund site, due to contamination of the air in and around their homes with the carcinogen trichloroethylene (TCE). CTS Corporation used TCE as a degreasing agent while they operated their Asheville-based facility from 1959 until 1986. For several months now, POWER Action Group has been urging the EPA to conduct an interim removal action at the CTS site because of risks of exposure to area residents. Finding these high levels of TCE in the air vapor assessments is further proof that the...

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