A core group of residents living nearby the former CTS of Asheville plant, a hazardous-waste site known to be contaminated with high levels of an industrial solvent that may cause cancer, have organized an informational meeting for this evening (Wednesday, June 11) at 6:30 p.m. at the Skyland Public Library, 260 Overlook Road.
Residents have been clamoring for a full-scale remediation of the site since fall of 2007, when state and federal agencies first began holding public meetings to discuss the contamination on the property. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has been in communication with the Elkhart, Ind.-based CTS Corp., compelling them to submit a plan for a ground-water-contamination assessment. However, there are no immediate plans for a full-scale cleanup at this time.
Local residents aim to change that, and they’ll begin by getting together this evening to share information, according to resident Dave Ogren. Written along the top of a flyer for the meeting is this line, “The subject: Making it happen! Full cleanup. … Who, how, when and what to do now.”
Click here to go to the Xpress Files and download dozens of government documents related to the CTS site.
— Rebecca Bowe, contributing editor