CTS activists take their case to Washington, D.C., next week

“The problem we are seeing with EPA region IV is so systemic,” says south Asheville CTS activist Tate MacQueen, “so pervasive, they have lost their moral authority to be believed.” To that end, MacQueen and others have been meeting with local staff of federal elected officials to bring some investigation and oversight of the agency’s actions.

McQueen has been to D.C. before about this, meeting with Congressman Shuler in 2008. This time he will meet with Sen. Richard Burr, Rep.Shuler, Sen.Kay Hagan’s top staff and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. “There are some real problems with missing documents in this case,” said MacQueen. “When we tried to address this to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, she sent our request back to region IV in Atlanta. They then sent a document with even more missing pages.”

It was this action by EPA’s region IV that led to the current round of meetings with Congressional staff, says MacQueen. “The documents sent were even less complete than the ones we told them about.

“It is frustrating, but I am excited to go back and try to get some closure, so people can move past this mess EPA region IV has created — to let us get back to dealing with the clean-up of the site and protecting the victims of the toxic chemicals,” says MacQueen.


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One thought on “CTS activists take their case to Washington, D.C., next week

  1. Tyler M.

    This article, starts with a statement made by MacQueen talking about a “problem.” However, the article never state what the problem is. Or what the action of the agency are referring to. I don’t know what this article is about. In addition, what is “CTS?” MacQueen has been to D.C. “before about this” what is this issue? Nowhere in this article is the issue stated or the acronym CTS defined.

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