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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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 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 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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Important Update on City Water lines

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Blog, News | Comments Off

Are you a homeowner with a well who lives within one mile of the CTS of Asheville Site? Would you like to know if you are on the list to receive city water? Do you have questions about easements or deeds regarding the water lines? Would you like to know more about the hook-up process in general? Contact Mona Ellum with Ellum Engineering at 828-989-8027 or

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POWER Calls on EPA to Remove Uncontrolled Contamination

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Blog, News | Comments Off

Recent data shows that a large amount of TCE (a known human carcinogen) continues to migrate without control from beneath the CTS of Asheville site. The former electroplating facility was added to the EPA’s Superfund list for high-priority toxic sites in March of 2012, meaning that it poses significant risk to human health and the environment. The site is at the top of a hill relative to hundreds of homes within a one-mile radius. POWER is concerned because a large amount of already identified unconfined source material (TCE) is still present under the CTS facility. Because of bedrock...

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