“The Road to Cleanup” community meeting

“The Road to Cleanup” meeting on the evening of July 29th is sponsored and hosted by POWER (Protecting Our Water and Environmental Resources) Action Group. POWER is a grassroots community organization, founded on the premise of environmental justice, that is pushing toward a comprehensive cleanup of the CTS of Asheville Site. 
 
The purpose of “The Road to Cleanup” meeting is to:
  • inform people of the latest developments at the site 
  • provide attendees with useful information from experts in various fields 
  • make clear the urgency for implementing expedited cleanup actions
Guest speakers include:
  • Scott Laseter, environmental law attorney
  • Frank Anastasi, hydro-geologist and technical advisor
  • Gibbie Harris, Buncombe County Health Director
  • Samantha Urquhart-Foster, EPA Remedial Project Manager
  • Glenn Adams, EPA Supervisory Toxicologist
Additional experts will be available to address concerns and answer questions. Federal, state and local lawmakers will also be in attendance. 
 
Come learn about next steps and how you can get involved. Get your questions answered, and hear what others are asking as well. We encourage everyone who is interested in achieving a cleanup of the CTS of Asheville Site to attend.
 
This is a great opportunity to show elected officials and the EPA that our community wants cleanup NOW.
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POWER Announces Community Meeting with EPA

Concerned citizens in south Asheville and the greater Buncombe County area are invited to attend an informational meeting about the contaminated CTS site on Tuesday, July 29th at the T.C. Roberson High School auditorium from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. This meeting, entitled “The Road to Cleanup,” will provide the latest technical information on the contamination at the CTS site, outline steps necessary for immediate cleanup action, and allow a forum for residents to ask questions of technical experts and the EPA. The meeting is hosted by POWER Action Group, an Asheville-based non-profit advocating for a comprehensive cleanup at the contaminated CTS of Asheville Superfund site.

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 The CTS site, a former electroplating facility run by CTS Corporation from 1959 to 1986, was declared a Superfund site in 2012. On July 8th of this year CTS Corp. lost a lawsuit against the EPA, confirming that the site will remain on the Superfund list.

 The main presenter at the meeting will be Frank Anastasi, P.G., Principal of SCA Associates and technical advisor for POWER. Mr. Anastasi will present an analysis of recent testing, and explain the urgency for EPA to take immediate action at the CTS site. Gibbie Harris, Buncombe County Health Director, will speak on the county’s expanded water testing program and extension of water lines to the area surrounding CTS.

 EPA representatives will offer updates on stream cleanup plans, and air testing and water/soil sampling. This is the first community-led CTS forum in over three years in which the EPA will take part.

 Because of the continuing release of carcinogens such as trichloroethylene (TCE) from the site, and the evacuation of thirteen residents near the site in June 2014, there is a pressing need for source removal at the CTS site. In a Congressional hearing, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy acknowledged that the site poses an immediate risk to public health in South Asheville. POWER continues to push for swift action at the site, and invites community members to attend this important meeting and learn what they can do to speed up the process of getting these toxins out of our community.

CTS Corp. Loses Lawsuit Against EPA

CTS CORPORATION LOSES LAWSUIT AGAINST EPA,

CTS SITE TO REMAIN ON SUPERFUND LIST

(ASHEVILLE- July 08, 2014) The D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled against CTS Corporation, deciding that the CTS of Asheville Superfund site must remain on the EPA’s Superfund inventory despite the company’s objections. CTS Corporation, which ran its Asheville facility from 1959 until 1986, sued the EPA in an effort to remove the contaminated site from Superfund. Finding that the site is indeed heavily polluted with carcinogens such as trichloroethylene (TCE), the court’s ruling in favor of the EPA will hugely benefit the Asheville community that is afflicted by CTS Corporation’s pollution.

 Claiming that CTS’s arguments amounted to “little more than methodological nit-picking,” the Court rejected CTS’s attempt to evade responsibility for its own contamination. “Each of CTS’s objections,” the court stated, “is without merit, forfeited, or impermissibly based on extra-record evidence.” In addition, the Court’s decision bolsters the EPA’s scientific assessment of the site, clearing the way for cleanup.

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 In large part, the EPA prevailed because of its rigorous on-site testing, which asserted CTS Corporation squarely liable for the pollution. According to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the CTS site “can significantly impact public health” in South Asheville.

 “This is a great decision for the residents around the plant and for EPA,” Julie Mayfield, executive director of the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA), said in a statement. “CTS now has no shield left to hide behind, so hopefully they will change their approach and now work aggressively to complete the investigation and begin cleaning up the site.”

 POWER praises the court’s decision, as it will encourage EPA to secure clean water, air, and land for residents surrounding the CTS site. In light of the evacuation of thirteen residents near the site in June, it is imperative that EPA halt the exposure of residents to carcinogens such as trichloroethylene (TCE). With the CTS site’s placement on the Superfund list secure, EPA should now dedicate its resources towards comprehensive source removal, such that residents’ exposure to TCE is ended with all the urgency it demands.

To read the Asheville Citizen-Times article, click here.

To read the Court’s opinion, click here.