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TUESDAY: EPA to Hold Public Meeting about Proposed Interim Cleanup of CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund Site

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

ATLANTA - Asheville, N.C., residents are invited to attend a public meeting about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed plan to address contamination beneath the former plant at the CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund Site. A key step in moving forward is receiving the public's feedback. During the meeting, EPA representatives will present information about the cleanup plan, answer questions and invite feedback from the public.

EPA proposes to treat the non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL), consisting of fuel oil comingled with TCE (about 40,500 cubic yards), in the one acre source area beneath the former plant using electrical resistance heating (ERH), a technology that heats the material. ERH would vaporize contaminants so the contaminated vapor can be recovered using vents and treated above ground before being discharged to the air. Any NAPL that accumulates in the vents would be transported off-site for proper disposal. It is estimated that it would take 19 months to design, install and complete the cleanup at a cost of $4.15 million paid for by the responsible party or parties.

The technology is expected to reduce TCE concentrations in the source area by 95 percent. The final, site-wide remedy will address residual NAPL and TCE in the subsurface that is not treated by this interim action, as well as TCE in the deep (bedrock) aquifer.

CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund Site Public Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. EST
***Media availability at 5:30 p.m.

T.C. Robertson High School, 250 Overlook Road, Asheville, N.C.

Credentialed members of the media must RSVP to Davina Marraccini at 404-562-8293 or marraccini.davina@epa.gov

Written comments on the proposed plan may be e-mailed 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.

After considering all information received during the public comment period, EPA will consult with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to select the final remedy for this interim cleanup action. 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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