OPINION: EPA must protect public health, not corporate favor, says Asheville resident

Recent Asheville grad and Xpress intern Gabe Dunsmith shared an article of his published in the Vassar College paper, The Miscellany News, where Dunsmith is in his freshman year. Here is an excerpt: In the contemporary political sphere, calls to reform the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) often come from politicians on the far right. For […]

NC House committee issues subpoenas to compel EPA officials to testify on CTS

A North Carolina House Select Committee has issued subpoenas to compel key EPA officials, including Superfund Branch Chief Don Rigger, to testify in a hearing in Raleigh next month, even as Mills Gap Road-area residents file a formal complaint of criminal negligence against the agency in the case of the former CTS of Asheville, and another Mills Gap home receives an emergency supply of bottled water from the EPA. Photo by Susan Andrew.

Greenpeace targets electric utilities in campaign launched in Asheville Monday

From an article in the Charlotte Observer: Greenpeace, the environmental group known for facing off against whalers on the high seas, has targeted its own behemoth in Duke Energy. The group said Tuesday it has launched a campaign to make Duke “the clean energy company that North Carolina and the United States deserve.” Greenpeace faults […]

Wee Trade kids’ sale expands to two weekends this month at AG Center

From Wee Trade: Wee Trade may be WNC’s most anticipated childrens’ consignment sale, where over 1400 families consign goods gathered under one roof for a weekend sale event at the WNC Agricultural Center. From strollers and nursery furniture to clothing, shoes and toys, we’ve got everything you need for infants, toddlers or teens! It’s also […]

New contaminat­ion emerges in Mills Gap; neighbors await municipal water hookups

At a kitchen table in the Mills Gap community in South Asheville last night, neighbors of the former CTS of Asheville plant met to plan next steps, after two new domestic wells nearby recently tested positive for industrial contaminants including cyanide.  CTS has signed an agreement with EPA to provide filtration to all homes within a one-mile radius of the recently demolished plant; but neighbors say they were anticipating municipal water hookups.

NC lawmakers hear testimony from DENR, CTS neighbors on contaminat­ion case

A Statehouse committee chaired by Buncombe Rep. Tim Moffitt convened in Raleigh Jan. 17 to question DENR officials and hear from residents near the former CTS electroplating facility on Mills Gap Road south of Asheville. Here, Moffitt embraces CTS neighbor Dot Rice, whose family’s spring was contaminated by hazardous chemicals used at the plant; numerous Rice family members have become gravely ill.

EPA rejects CTS plan for soil sampling; says more robust plan needed for Mills Gap site

The EPA has rejected a plan submitted by CTS to investigate the current extent of contamination at its former plant site on Mills Gap Road. The site is presently awaiting final approval to EPA’s National Priorities List, a move expected to place it alongside the other “Superfund” sites, the most contaminated sites on EPA’s national docket. Photo by Katie Damien.

Buncombe County Commission­ers consider rules that could curb light pollution

If you’ve been disturbed by someone else’s light shining where it’s supposed to be dark—a neighbor whose dawn-to-dusk flood light is aimed at your bedroom window, for instance—now’s a good time to weigh in on the process by which such lights are regulated in Buncombe County. The County Board of Commissioners will take up the issue on January 17.