On Wednesday, July 10th, 2013, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court ruled in favor of community members (and against CTS Corporation) to encourage cleanup of the CTS of Asheville Superfund Site.
This is a profound victory for the South Asheville community. For all those families who have lived with fear of CTS’s chemical solvents impairing their health, for those individuals who have gotten sick, for all those who wish to see a healthy and vibrant community, the Court’s decision ensures our right to live without trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination in our backyards, wells, and very bodies.
The Court’s decision is a monumental step for healing.
In the lawsuit, the community is asking for:
- judgment against CTS requiring reclamation of the 1,000,000 pounds of the toxic chemical contaminants
- remediation of the environmental harm caused by CTS’s toxic chemicals
- monetary damages in an amount that will fully compensate them for all the losses and damages they have suffered, or will suffer in the future
The Court’s decision says, “Our decision here will likely raise the ire of corporations and other entities that wish to rest in the security of statutes of repose, free from the threat of being called to account for their contaminating acts.”
POWER sincerely hopes that this decision will lead to much higher degrees of corporate accountability when it comes to toxic contamination.
Much gratitude to the Fourth Circuit Court, and to all those in and outside of South Asheville who are working to foster a clean and safe environment for all people.
POWER will keep pushing for cleanup, and we couldn’t do it without your support!
See the Court’s opinion here: http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/121290.P.pdf