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EPA Extends Public Comment Period for Proposed Interim Cleanup of CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund Site to Evaluate Treatment of Expanded Area

Contact Information: 
Davina Marraccini (marraccini.davina@epa.gov)
404-562-8293, 404-562-8400

ATLANTA - On September 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to address contamination beneath the former plant at the CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund Site. The public is invited to comment on the Proposed Plan. EPA is extending the public comment period, originally slated to end on Oct. 30, through Nov. 29, 2015.

The majority of the comments received to date encourage EPA to expand the proposed one-acre treatment area to include additional acreage to the north. Data shows elevated levels of trichloroethene (TCE) in groundwater north of the proposed one-acre treatment area, near monitoring well clusters MW6 and MW7.

EPA recently discussed the community's comments with representatives of CTS Corporation. As a result, CTS has requested a 30-day extension to the initial comment period in order to prepare and submit an Addendum to the Focused Feasibility Study that will evaluate Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH) and In-Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) for the expanded treatment area north near MW6/MW7.

ERH is a technology that heats the ground in order to vaporize contaminants. Contaminated vapor is then recovered using vents and treated above ground before being discharged to the air.

ISCO involves the injection of chemicals into the ground. The chemicals oxidize and break down the contaminants into harmless by-products like carbon dioxide and water. Vent wells and a system to recover and treat vapors are used.

The final, site-wide remedy will address residual contaminants in the subsurface, if any, that is not treated by this interim action, as well as TCE in the deep (bedrock) aquifer.

Written comments on the Proposed Plan may be submitted through Nov. 29, either via e-mail to zeller.craig@epa.gov or mailed to: Craig Zeller, U.S. EPA Region 4, Superfund Division - 11th Floor, 61 Forsyth Street SW, Atlanta, GA.

Upon completion of the comment period, EPA will consider all public comments received and evaluate the two additional remediation strategies developed for the expanded treatment area. EPA will consult with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to select the final remedy for this interim cleanup action, anticipated in early 2016. EPA's plan will be documented in a Record of Decision document, which will also contain a detailed response to public comments.

The Proposed Plan is available for review online at: http://semspub.epa.gov/src/collection/04/AR63944

More information about the CTS Site: http://www.epa.gov/region4/superfund/sites/npl/northcarolina/millsgapnc.html

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