“Extra Mile to Protect Water” Award Presented to Buncombe County Board of Commissioners
POWER Action Group and Clean Water for North Carolina presented the “Extra Mile to Protect Community Water Award” award to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on October 21, 2014 in appreciation for the work done by Buncombe County to protect our community’s water resources. Clean Water for North Carolina is a statewide organization promoting clean, safe water and empowered, just communities through community organizing, advocacy, education and technical assistance.
Katie Hicks, Assistant Director of Clean Water for North Carolina, provided the following statement at the presentation:
“Although there has been much disappointing news around the still-toxic CTS site in recent years, we want to recognize the county’s efforts to protect residents’ health and safety near the site. This includes your decision to condemn and demolish the building, running public water lines to the area, and committing to conduct free well tests for residents who do not live within the 1-mile radius of the site currently being tested by the federal EPA. We also wish to thank you for your recent authorization to seek reimbursement from CTS so that the responsible party, not Buncombe County taxpayers, has to foot the bill. We look forward to continuing to work with the county to ensure that this toxic legacy in our community does not continue to have tragic consequences for residents’ health.”