ASHEVILLE — Federal officials are urging some evacuations after air tests show toxic levels of a carcinogen in air levels near an Asheville-area Superfund site.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Friday it encouraged 13 people near the CTS Mills Gap Road site to leave after air vapor tests revealed toxic levels of trichloroethylene.
Samantha Urquhart-Foster of the EPA says the agency will pay for relocations to hotels and temporary housing until nearby polluted springs can be cleaned up. That process could take several weeks.
The CTS Mills Gap Road site was added in 2012 to EPA’s National Priority List for cleanup. The plant manufactured industrial switches and resistors for more than 20 years before shutting down in 1986.