Posts made in January, 2015

Contaminants Continue to Release from the CTS site

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As you may have read and seen, the springs cap and collection systems are working and displaced families can now move back home. But this is not the end of the story. These families remain in harm’s way as long as contaminants continue to migrate from the CTS site. Indeed, the entire community is at risk until the EPA uses their removal authority to compel a full and thorough remedy of the source material, trichloroethylene (TCE) and other carcinogens, buried under the former CTS building. Technical methodologies exist that can and will make cleanup a reality, if only the EPA would use...

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“Show A Little Love” Campaign to Target CTS this Valentine’s Day

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For years people living near the abandoned CTS superfund site in Arden have dealt with a toxic and carcinogenic soup of trichloroethylene (TCE) and other chemicals that oozes off-site, contaminating air, water and soil. Just this summer nearby families were relocated because of dangerous TCE vapor. Children are particularly vulnerable. Even though the company no longer operates in Asheville, CTS is a viable multi-million dollar corporation based in Elkhart, IN, nicknamed “The City with a Heart.” This Valentine’s Day, area residents and friends will call on CTS officials to “have a...

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POWER’s progress

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Since its inception, POWER has made significant progress including: Pushing for continued attention to the NAPL clean-up and fighting for more air sampling at adjacent properties. At POWER’s urging, the EPA developed a work plan to remove buried barrels at the site. Working closely with county and city leaders to extend water lines and ensure that citizens have accurate information. Hiring a community technical advisor, resulting in more effective community input into the Superfund process and decision making. Helping to identify opportunities for early remediation of some of the...

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Where We Are in the Cleanup Process

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Pollution Problems at the CTS of Asheville Site The biggest contaminant of concern at the CTS site is trichloroethylene (TCE); it can affect the central nervous system, causing dizziness, headaches and confusion. Long-term exposure can damage the liver, kidneys, immune and endocrine systems. Extremely high levels of TCE have been found in soil, ground water and surface water as far as two-thirds of a mile away from CTS, causing EPA to designate it as a Superfund Site. EPA’s maximum safe level of TCE is 5 parts per billion (ppb). Nearby groundwater contains up to 42,000 ppb. Last summer, EPA...

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Water Protection Award

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“Extra Mile to Protect Water” Award Presented to Buncombe County Board of Commissioners POWER Action Group and Clean Water for North Carolina presented the “Extra Mile to Protect Community Water Award” award to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on October 21, 2014 in appreciation for the work done by Buncombe County to protect our community’s water resources. Clean Water for North Carolina is a statewide organization promoting clean, safe water and empowered, just communities through community organizing, advocacy, education and technical assistance. Katie...

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