Yesterday, the EPA Office of Inspector General released the results of its investigation into the agency’s handling of contamination at the CTS of Asheville site. This investigation has been underway since 2014, and members of POWER and other community members have participated in the gathering of information, including speaking out at a listening session.
The investigation concluded that EPA Region 4’s actions since 2012 have done too little to protect residents’ health, and made 12 recommendations to improve the region’s procedures for site investigation, sampling, monitoring, and communicating with the public.
The Office of Inspector General report validates POWER’s long-standing concerns that the site-wide RI/FS hadn’t moved forward; that there should have been a routine ground water monitoring program in place; and that the bedrock/deep ground water should have been investigated further by now. POWER has pushed for the first step in remediation that is expected to begin this fall.