EPA Pulled Into North Carolina Textile Mill Waste Dispute (1)

Dec. 21, 2020, 6:44 PM; Updated: Dec. 21, 2020, 7:16 PM

Water treatment company Wasco LLC told a federal district court in Washington, D.C., that North Carolina regulators incorrectly identified the company as an owner of a textile mill, making it liable for the facility’s contaminants.

The Environmental Protection Agency, which authorizes the state’s hazardous waste disposal program, failed to correct the state’s plan for maintaining and monitoring pollutants at the Asheville Dyeing and Finishing Facility in Swannanoa, Wasco says in a Dec. 18 complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Underground tanks at the former textile mill leaked perchloroethylene, a dry-cleaning solvent, into the soil, leading...

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