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Next Quarterly Navassa Meeting is March 26

NAVASSA — The next quarterly public information meeting about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. – Navassa Superfund Site is set for the evening of Tuesday, March 26, in the community center, 338 Main St. This meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 26 but was postponed.

Traffic passes by the fenced-off Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. site that’s just off the highway leading into Navassa. Photo: Mark Hibbs

During the 6-8 p.m. meeting hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 4, state Department of Environmental Quality and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust, representatives of the hosting organizations are to present updates about the site and answer questions.

Kerr-McGee and other companies from 1936-74 used the 245-acre site for creosote-based wood treating.  The site is bounded by the Brunswick River, Sturgeon Creek residential area and a light industrial area.

Kerr-McGee dismantled the wood-treatment buildings and facilities by 1980 and in 2005, the site was conveyed to Tronox, a Kerr-McGee spinoff that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009.

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

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 EPA.

Contact Richard Elliott of the Multistate Trust at 617-953-1154 or re@g-etg.com for more information.

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