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Navassa Open House, Public Meeting Aug. 9

NAVASSA — Residents can view redevelopment concepts 3-6 p.m. Aug. 9 during an open house for the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. Superfund site.

The public meeting to follow from 6-8 p.m. will focus on recent environmental investigations, field activities in 2018, possible remediation options and redevelopment concepts. Representatives of Environmental Protection Agency, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the Multistate Trust will  answer questions.

The open house and public meeting will be at the Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St.

The site is surrounded by the Brunswick River, Sturgeon Creek, a residential area, and a light industrial area. The soil, sediment and groundwater are contaminated by creosote-related chemicals. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site, according to the EPA.

Kerr-McGee and other companies used the 245-acre site for creosote-based wood treating between the years of 1936 and 1974. By 1980, Kerr-McGee dismantled the wood-treatment buildings and facilities and in 2005, the site was conveyed to Tronox, a Kerr-McGee spinoff that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009.

In 2011, the Multistate Trust acquired the site as a court-appointed trustee as part of the Tronox bankruptcy settlement. The Multistate Trust is working with its beneficiaries—EPA and NCDEQ—on the site investigation, remediation and redevelopment planning.

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