In 1999, neighbors living adjacent to former electroplating facility called CTS of Asheville discovered an oily substance in their drinking water. When the Environmental Protection Agency responded, they found levels of trichloroethylene, a toxic substance and suspected carcinogen, at 21,000 parts per billion: more than 4,000 times the safe standard for potable water. Those neighbors […]
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released a health assessment today of the area surrounding the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site. The study declares that there is no elevated rates of cancer in a 1-mile radius, and little risk of contamination spreading, but also declares that new harmful substances such as lead have been found in the area.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will release the results of a health assessment of residents living near the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site next week, both online and in a public forum, according to an announcement from the county health department.
After a tense public hearing that saw one person thrown out of the chambers, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners reinstated countywide zoning in a 4-1 vote.
Transit Master Plan in city’s hands, and CTS neighbors hint at voluntary annexation
Master Plan, CTS and parking rates crowd Tuesday’s agenda.
At its May 5 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners reviewed its tight budget — with $5.9 million in proposed cuts — and also asked its lawyers to draft a letter to Gov. Bev Perdue calling for action on cleaning up the contaminated CTS of Asheville site.
At their meeting Tuesday, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will hear from the Environmental Protection Agency and county staff about the state of the heavily contaminated former CTS of Asheville site. They may also hear from citizens and activists angered about the local, state and federal governments’ handling of the situation.
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources will pursue voluntary remediation on the contaminated CTS of Asheville site. Local activists have attacked the move, asserting it will leave taxpayers paying for the cleanup and slow any action.
Commissioners instruct URTV to follow open-meetings law Arden resident Aaron Penland has a problem with the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, and at their Feb. 3 meeting, he made his feelings plain. “In the last election, all we heard is, ‘Change is coming, change is coming.’ Well, how long will it take to have this […]
Government agencies—not to mention Congress—are great at saying a task will take one month and then having it take six, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler observed during a Dec. 8. congressional hearing on the former CTS of Asheville site. On hand at the Skyland Fire Department were representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, the N.C. Division […]
Time to televise public comment? County staff: no new CTS contamination It was the new Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ first meeting. Newcomers K. Ray Bailey (the former president of A-B Tech) and Holly Jones, (late of the Asheville City Council) had been sworn in the day before, along with new Chair David Gantt. (Although […]
Shuler called a hearing on groundwater contamination at the CTS site in Asheville, bringing a bit of Washington to town by holding the hearing at the Skyland Fire Department on Monday.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners delayed decisions on three important items — a controversial rezoning, borrowing more than $37 million and appointing new members to the county planning board — at its Oct. 7 meeting. The board also cancelled its Oct. 21 meeting, meaning that the commissioners will take up all the items at their meeting on Nov. 4 — Election Day.
Staff of Rep. Heath Shuler turned away reporters, photographers and citizens from a meeting this morning on the issue of groundwater contamination at the former CTS of Asheville site. The meeting’s location had been changed from Shuler’s Asheville office, and his staff would not reveal the new location or who was attending.
Sen. Elizabeth Dole and Rep. Heath Shuler are both pressing the issue of groundwater contamination at the former site of CTS of Asheville on Mills Gap Road. Dole’s office announced that she’s written a letter to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency “demanding answers,” while Shuler’s staff is holding a meeting on the topic Thursday morning.
Don’t panic—gas is on the way, officials say City supports CTS petition No agreement on graffiti cleanup strategy The proposed Haywood Park development was the main event in an already loaded agenda for the Asheville City Council’s Sept. 23 formal session, but questions and rumors about the area’s uncertain gas situation prompted Mayor Terry Bellamy […]
An analysis by the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry has found no evidence of cancer clusters in the immediate area surrounding the former CTS of Asheville site. But the small sample size places sharp limits on the reliability of the conclusions, researchers caution. And other types of studies being undertaken now may yield a more […]
Rep. Heath Shuler gets an earful on the CTS contaminated-waste site, and a Senate committee approves a bill introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Dole to protect against trichloroethylene.
The list of inactive hazardous-waste sites documented by the state of North Carolina is 72 pages long. The inventory lists 47 sites in Buncombe County, but the actual number is probably larger, as not all the sites are documented. Among the ones that end up on this roster are things like landfills, junkyards, shuttered industrial […]