POWER Announces Community Meeting with EPA

Concerned citizens in south Asheville and the greater Buncombe County area are invited to attend an informational meeting about the contaminated CTS site on Tuesday, July 29th at the T.C. Roberson High School auditorium from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. This meeting, entitled “The Road to Cleanup,” will provide the latest technical information on the contamination at the CTS site, outline steps necessary for immediate cleanup action, and allow a forum for residents to ask questions of technical experts and the EPA. The meeting is hosted by POWER Action Group, an Asheville-based non-profit advocating for a comprehensive cleanup at the contaminated CTS of Asheville Superfund site.

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 The CTS site, a former electroplating facility run by CTS Corporation from 1959 to 1986, was declared a Superfund site in 2012. On July 8th of this year CTS Corp. lost a lawsuit against the EPA, confirming that the site will remain on the Superfund list.

 The main presenter at the meeting will be Frank Anastasi, P.G., Principal of SCA Associates and technical advisor for POWER. Mr. Anastasi will present an analysis of recent testing, and explain the urgency for EPA to take immediate action at the CTS site. Gibbie Harris, Buncombe County Health Director, will speak on the county’s expanded water testing program and extension of water lines to the area surrounding CTS.

 EPA representatives will offer updates on stream cleanup plans, and air testing and water/soil sampling. This is the first community-led CTS forum in over three years in which the EPA will take part.

 Because of the continuing release of carcinogens such as trichloroethylene (TCE) from the site, and the evacuation of thirteen residents near the site in June 2014, there is a pressing need for source removal at the CTS site. In a Congressional hearing, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy acknowledged that the site poses an immediate risk to public health in South Asheville. POWER continues to push for swift action at the site, and invites community members to attend this important meeting and learn what they can do to speed up the process of getting these toxins out of our community.