The Elkhardt, Ind.,-based CTS Corp. has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Mills Gap Road Associates. The suit alleges that the local partnership has failed to honor an agreement to share in the costs of cleaning up a contaminated site on Mills Gap Road as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2004. CTS seeks “damages … no less than $847,000” from MGRA and further declares that the partnership is responsible for all of CTS’ future costs in the cleanup and assessment of the site, where massive levels of trichloroethylene and other contaminants have been found — and named as the likely source of contaminated wells and springs near the site.
The lawsuit names MGRA partners Frederick Slosman, John Powell and Stanley Greenberg. The partnership purchased the 57-acre site not long after CTS shut down operations in 1986, then sold the bulk of the land to a developer (Southside Village now covers much of the original site). The remaining 10-acre site has been at the heart of a decades-long struggle by area residents to get it cleaned up: As early as 1990, contamination was discovered on the site, with exceedingly high levels of trichloroethylene found both on-site and in the drinking water of many nearby residents.
One resident’s well wasn’t tested until last year and was also found to be contaminated by TCE.
A health and environmental risk study has just been released by state and federal officials for the site.