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Florence Impact Focus of Navassa Meeting

NAVASSA — During the next public meeting about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. — Navassa Superfund site, government officials and Multistate Environmental Response Trust representatives will discuss Hurricane Florence’s impact on the site, environmental investigations, 2018 field activities and possible remediation options.

A welcome sign and the fenced-off Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. site greet visitors at the Navassa city limits. Photo: Mark Hibbs

The public meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St.

The Environmental Protection Agency Region 4, state Department of Environmental Quality and Multistate Environmental Response Trust are jointly hosting the meeting.

From 1936 to 1974, Kerr-McGee and other companies used the 245-acre site for creosote-based wood treating, which is bounded 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. Officials say site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site.

The site was conveyed to Tronox in 2005 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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