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.