|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||12 Oct 2007 18:51:02 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] CTS Asheville (NC)|
Fail-safe? Hazardous-waste site falls through regulatory cracks by Rebecca Bowe Mountain Xpress (NC) July 11, 2007CTS of Asheville shut down more than two decades ago, but for some former employees and neighbors of the electroplating facility, the memories haven't faded.
"The odors were bad," recalls Mary McGraw, who worked at the Mills Gap Road plant until its closure in 1986. "If you're in the plant, you're breathing it, and I spent 20 years in there." McGraw says she struggles with fatigue and heavy-metal poisoning, and she believes her condition may be linked to chemical exposure.
In the summer of 1999, a family living adjacent to the CTS site, who asked that they not be named, phoned the state Division of Water Quality after noticing a foul-smelling, oily substance in the spring that provided their drinking water. Tests conducted by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emergency-response team revealed 21,000 parts per billion of trichloroethylene, a suspected carcinogen. That's 4,200 times the allowable limit for drinking water.
...Meanwhile, Southside Village, a high-end townhouse development, has sprung up adjacent to the old plant. Years before, the EPA had documented hazardous chemicals running through a stream on that property, but construction was approved nonetheless.
... For the entire article, see http://www.mountainx.com/news/2007/071107waste -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@list.cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/brownfields
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