On May 16, 2016 the USEPA issued the following Community Update:
“We are pleased to announce that on May 10, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued Special Notice Letters to three Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) at the CTS of Asheville, Inc. Superfund Site: Mills Gap Road Associates; CTS Corporation; and Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation. Issuing Special Notice Letters is an important first step in the legal process by which the EPA formally requests that PRPs perform remedial work at a site under EPA oversight and according to EPA-approved work plans. The Interim Remedial Action for the CTS of Asheville, Inc. Superfund Site was selected by the EPA in a Record of Decision (ROD) finalized on February 11, 2016. The Interim Remedial Action calls for a combination of Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH) and In-Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) treatment to address Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) and trichloroethene (TCE) beneath 3.1 acres of the former CTS facility. The estimated cost of this interim source control remedy is approximately $9 Million. Negotiations between EPA and the PRPs are governed by Section 122(e) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and will take several months. The EPA is working towards a final settlement agreement and remediation path forward by the end of 2016”
Responding to this recent Community Update, CTS Corporation has always wanted to get started on the cleanup of the site in the shortest time possible, and this brings us a step closer. We look forward to working with the other named responsible parties and the EPA on the agreed cleanup process, which offers the most permanent solution to the primary source of contaminants on the site.