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EPA community survey and comment period on interim cleanup!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off

Weigh in on ongoing cleanup and investigation at the CTS of Asheville site this month: CTS ACTION ALERT! An interim cleanup plan for the CTS of Asheville site has finally been developed, and your help is requested to ensure its implementation will begin as slated in 2017. The plan is currently open for comment and laid out in detail in the Consent Decree: http://bit.ly/2hzjlcJ Members of the South Asheville community who have dealt with the effects of pollution from this Superfund site for decades are requesting that you briefly write to express strong support for the Consent Decree. This...

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EPA Office of Inspector General releases report on CTS

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off

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. Read: “Report: EPA did too little to warn residents near CTS,” Asheville Citizen Times, August 31 The investigation concluded that EPA Region 4’s actions since 2012 have done too little to protect residents’...

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Proposed NC law would limit disclosure of harmful contaminants in water

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Blog, News | Comments Off

Proposed NC law would limit disclosure of harmful contaminants in water

Oppose House Bill 1005 / Senate Bill 779 People in our community around the CTS site know what it is like to fear that contaminated well water is affecting their families’ health. For many years while CTS has dragged its feet to cleanup the site, residents have had allies in the Buncombe County Health Department, who have always been willing to talk through information and explain the latest science about health risks of TCE and other chemicals. Most families in the area now have filtration systems and/or public water line hookups, but not everyone in NC is so lucky. The NC General...

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Update: you can still comment on cleanup plan through Nov. 29

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off

The highly-contaminated CTS of Asheville Superfund site is now in the comment phase of the interim remedial action plan! After the October 13 public meeting, the comment period was extended through the end of November! Here’s a quote from the EPA Region 4 update sent out to the community: The majority of the comments received to date encourage EPA to expand the proposed one-acre treatment area to include additional acreage to the north. Data shows elevated levels of trichloroethene (TCE) in groundwater north of the proposed one-acre treatment area, near monitoring well clusters MW6 and...

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Public meeting Oct. 13 on interim cleanup plan

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off

You’re invited! What: Public meeting to share information and accept comments on EPA’s Interim Remedial Action Plan When: Tuesday, October 13, 6:00PM Where: TC Roberson High School Auditorium, 250 Overlook Road, Asheville You can also submit written comments through Friday, October 30 to Craig Zeller, EPA Remedial Project Manager, at zeller.craig@epa.gov or US EPA Region 4, Superfund Division – 11th Floor, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Questions for EPA: Contact Angela Miller, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, miller.angela@epa.gov or (678) 575-8132. Statement:...

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In The Guardian: “I was diagnosed with cancer at age 11″

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Blog, News | Comments Off

The London-based magazine The Guardian published an opinion piece written by Gabe Dunsmith, member of POWER, who grew up near the CTS site. I was diagnosed with cancer at age 11. A factory leaked chemicals near my home by Gabe Dunsmith Published September 15, 2015 When an MRI of my spine revealed an enlarged thyroid instead of the scoliosis the doctors had feared, they whisked me away for a biopsy. I lay awake as the surgeon stuck a needle into my neck and wiped away the blood. The next day, my mom told me the test result when I got home from school: thyroid cancer. I was eleven years...

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