Resident near CTS site takes case to YouTube

A resident of the Chapel Hill Church Road area — located less than a mile from the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site — has taken the case for putting residents of the area on municipal water to the public, with a 3-minute YouTube video outlining her plea.

In the video, Patricia Pinner calls on Buncombe County to pay for the cost of running municipal water to residents currently served by wells in the Chapel Hill Church Road area, where, last September, a well tested positive for high amounts of trichloroethylene, a possible carcinogen. While the residents served by that well received city water within a week, the county has declined to provide water for other residents on the same road, asserting that there’s no proof of an imminent health risk.

“Many of our neighbors have been battling the CTS contamination site for 20 years,” Pinner says in the video, recorded Jan. 19. “We consider ourselves very much in an imminent health risk situation,” adding that she believes cases of cancer near the stream are connected to the contamination.

Pinner asks citizens to call the offices of Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene and Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson to tell them extend municipal water to the residents free of charge.

The full video is below.

—David Forbes, staff writer


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3 thoughts on “Resident near CTS site takes case to YouTube

  1. Chad Nesbitt

    Incase you can’t read the numbers –

    Buncombe County Commissioners and
    Manager Wanda Green – 828-250-4100
    Asheville City Council – 828-259-5600

    Don Yelton has done extensive research on all of this and has found that Buncombe County officials have known about this for years.

    Bob Hunter – past Director of General Services took oversight of the hazardous waste officer. Hunter and Norman Lewis both worked at the plant and were personal friends to Commissioner Bill Stanley for years.

    The person to ask the hard questions to is
    Bill Stanley. He knows it all.

    It took ten years of Yelton asking questions to get Stanley to finally say he knew about it.
    Stanley admitted it on television yet Congressman Shuler and Attorney General Cooper just talk a big game.

    The people that live in this disaster area are going to have to file a law suite to win just compensation.

    Why would county officials allow homes to be built there knowing that
    contaminates were in the ground water?

    Where are all the Democrat, liberal environmentalists?
    Do they just shut up when their local leaders
    are at fault?

    Thank you to conservative, (and I might add – a professor of biology and common sense environmentalist),
    Don Yelton for helping these people.

    Please call the numbers.
    Help this lady and her neighbors.

  2. Piffy!

    Seriously? Your seriously going to try and take all the credit for this, elephant man?

  3. shadmarsh

    Yelton is a professor of biology? I find that statement to be highly suspect.

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