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Opportunity to participate in a photography project about CTS

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off

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! Hi, 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...

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Updates from Technical Advisor–recent sampling

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off

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...

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Thanks for taking action!

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Thank you to everyone who participated in our successful “Show a Little Love” Campaign! We established allies in Elkhart, Indiana (the “City with a Heart”) who delivered our community’s Valentine box to CTS. This photo of Kevin DeBeck was taken shortly after Wayne Royer delivered our box to the CTS headquarters. Our “Show a Little Love” Box by the numbers: 1,323 names on a petition calling for a full-scale cleanup 146 signed “Road to Cleanup” postcards 135 homemade Valentine cards 1 box full of hope View other community members’...

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Elkhart residents deliver Valentine’s message to CTS Corp.: ‘Show Some Love; Clean Up Your Asheville, N.C. Superfund Site!’

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Elkhart residents deliver Valentine’s message to CTS Corp.: ‘Show Some Love; Clean Up Your Asheville, N.C. Superfund Site!’

Press Release: (PDF) ELKHART — This Valentine’s Day, Elkhart residents join in solidarity with friends in Asheville, N.C., impacted for years by toxic pollution from CTS Corp.’s abandoned Superfund site. They will deliver signed Valentine’s cards, video messages and a petition with more than 1,300 signatures to CTS officials asking them to “have a heart” by immediately cleaning up all the poisons the corporation left in Asheville decades ago. The petitions and other messages gathered by Asheville-based P.O.W.E.R Action Group—established in August 2012 by concerned community...

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Contaminants Continue to Release from the CTS site

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

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

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

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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