ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 22 that CTS
Corp., Mills Gap Road Associates and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.
will spend roughly $9 million on an interim cleanup at the CTS of Asheville Inc.
Superfund Site in Asheville, North Carolina.
The companies will take part in a two-phase process for
treating groundwater contamination beneath the former electronics manufacturing
and electroplating facility at 235 Mills Gap Road in Asheville.
In the first phase, the companies will utilize Electrical
Resistance Heating (ERH) to treat the Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) under the
former facility. Phase two will involve In-Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) to
treat TCE in the northern part of the Superfund Site. Remedial work will begin
in 2017, overseen by the EPA and its contractors.
After the interim remedial action, a final remedial action
will take place to address any final contamination after the ERH and ISCO
technologies have been used in the area. The ERH and ISCO processes should take
a few a years.
The EPA is overseeing cleanup of the area using power given
by the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability
Act, commonly known as Superfund. Superfund law exists to protect human health
and the environment while also safeguarding taxpayer dollars by making the
parties pay that are responsible for the issues.