EPA tests air near Asheville Superfund site; results to determine if more evacuations needed


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ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — An official with the Environmental Protection Agency says results from testing of air near a former electronic parts manufacturer in Asheville will help determine if more people should be evacuated from their homes.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (http://avlne.ws/1nDgic8) that EPA workers on Tuesday tested the air near seven homes for unsafe levels of the toxic industrial solvent trichloroethylene. The testing follows the voluntary evacuation early this month of 13 people the agency found at risk from the solvent vapors near the Superfund site.

EPA remedial project manager Samantha Urquhart-Foster says the testing will determine how far the unsafe levels of the fumes extend from the severely contaminated springs next to the former CTS plant and whether more families should be evacuated.

Urquhart-Foster said the results should be available next week.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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