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Asheville CTS Site Creates Health Hazzard for Neighbors

For years, those living near the former CTS Corporation on Mills Gap Road in Asheville have complained of foul smelling tap water, contaminated ground water, and health problems neighbors believe are caused by the dumping of the dangerous solvent TCE. A new report just published by the North Carolina Department of Heath and Human Resources now gives those claims some serious legitimacy. The CTS/Mills Gap Road Site Public Health Assessment Findings reports that 

Dangerous Carcinogen (TCE) Migrating in Asheville

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a clear, non-flammable solvent with a sweet smell that is commonly used as an industrial solvent for cleaning electronic components. This chemical was widely used by CTS of Asheville at the Mills Gap Road facility in south Asheville until the plant closed in 1986. The company did not properly contain and/or dispose of the cancer causing chemical and now much of the drinkable ground water in the communities surrounding the facility are dangerously polluted.

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