From our friends at the P.O.W.E.R. Action Group:
Through November 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take public comments on the Proposed Plan for Interim Remedial Action at the CTS of Asheville Superfund Site. You can easily submit your letter through a comment form on the Mountain True website. Also, this November 14 Asheville Citizen-Times article provides a good summary of where the CTS clean up stands today.
CTS' contractor, AMEC Foster Wheeler, proposed to treat approximately one acre of soil where some of the toxic TCE contamination is concentrated. However, this narrow scope does nothing to address other areas of extremely high TCE concentrations in soil, groundwater and bedrock throughout the site.
There's one drawback to the EPA forcing companies to clean up their own messes: The polluters themselves get to come up with the plan. And in this case, the plan is so inadequate, the word inadequate is inadequate to describe it. Let the EPA know how dangerous this is, before your back yard becomes a breeding ground for cancers, too.