Opportunity to participate in a photography project about CTS

Local photographer George Etheredge is interested in exploring the personal stories of community members affected by the CTS site. His website is http://www.georgeetheredge.com/. If you are interested in participating in his project, his contact information is below!

my name is George Etheredge and I am a student at UNCA and freelance photographer in town. I grew up in Asheville and have known about the CTS plant for a long time but have never heard personal stories from community members on how they have been affected.

I feel that personal accounts are the most important stories to tell and I am grateful for those that are willing to share with me. I am particularly interested in talking with those of you who have been directly affected by the contamination of the land, but I believe any and all stories are important.

The photographs I envision making are portraits and landscapes that can work together, showing the relationship between people and the land. I would also like text to accompany the images to give a personal an intimate account of those who want to be involved. I want this to be a collaborative process and am open to feedback, suggestions, and any other ideas so that we can make the most truthful images possible to the stories being told.

Thank you,

George Etheredge

Updates from Technical Advisor–recent sampling

POWER’s Technical Advisor, Frank Anastazi, recently provided us with a summary of two technical documents regarding recent tests conducted on or near the CTS site. You can read these summaries below! Please feel free to share with other community members, and if you have any questions, contact info@poweractiongroup.org.

  • In March, AMEC (contractor for CTS) prepared a report about the springs removal action and the preliminary results they have seen after installation of the treatment system at the springs to the southeast of the CTS site. Here is the TA’s summary, including some follow-up questions and concerns: Springs Area Removal Action Report
  • In May, AMEC prepared a work plan that they are now carrying out for additional groundwater, soil, surface water, and sediment sampling to the west of the CTS site, to see the extent of contamination in that direction. Here is the TA’s summary of this workplan: Review of AMEC’s Western Area Remedial Investigation Work Plan