2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:12:42 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Supreme Court rules against CTS Asheville (North Carolina) neighbors in TCE case
NC Landowners Too Late to Fight Contamination

Courthouse News Service
June 9, 2014
WASHINGTON (CN) - Distinguishing it from a statute of limitations, the Supreme Court on Monday found that a North Carolina statute of repose prevents landowners from suing over toxic contamination.

The dispute involves a tract of land in Asheville where CTS Corp. had for decades stored notable quantities of trichloroethylene (TCE) and manufactured products using TCE, cyanide, chromium VI and lead.

When CTS sold the facility in 1987, it promised realtors that the property "had been rendered in an environmentally clean condition." The company said that, "to the best of [its] knowledge, no on-site disposal or otherwise wanton disposal methods were practiced at [the] facility," and that as soon as "the existing inventory of materials contained in drums and other miscellaneous equipment within the plant [was] removed from the premises, no threat to human health or the environment [would] remain."

Dozens of buyers nevertheless soon learned that their well water contained concentrated levels of TCE and cis-1,2-dichloroethane (DCE), solvents that have carcinogenic effects.


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Lenny Siegel
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