2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 18:24:21 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] CTS still trying to remove Asheville, North Carolina site from NPL
Investigative Report: CTS Update

WLOS TV-13 News (Asheville, NC)
February 3, 2014

The cleanup of a toxic superfund site in South Asheville may be in jeopardy. CTS Corporation is challenging the USEPA in Federal court, hoping to get the site taken off the National Priorities list. EPA officials say if CTS wins this case then the state will be in charge of the Asheville site but the state already has a backlog of toxic sites and a limited budget. That means any sort of cleanup at the CTS site could either take many more years to complete, or there may be no cleanup at all.

For nearly three decades, CTS in Asheville used toxic chemicals like TCE to degrease electrical components they manufactured. Since closing the plant in 1986, high levels of TCE have been found in the soil and drinking water of nearby residents. Dot Rice lives right next door to the CTS site and says, "My family's been sick and we're reminded of it every day."

In 2012, after five attempts, the EPA placed the CTS site on the National Priorities List - or NPL. The NPL is designed to fast track the cleanup of sites that pose an "imminent endangerment" to people and the environment and it allows the EPA to force the contaminator to pay for a cleanup. In 2004, the EPA listed CTS as a “Potentially Responsible Party” but not even three months after the site was placed on the NPL in 2012, CTS filed an appeal in federal court, demanding the site be removed from the NPL.


For the entire story, see
http://www.wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/ wlos_investigative-report-cts-update-14980.shtml


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
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