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Navassa Superfund Site Meeting Sept. 24

Contractors test for creosote contamination in Navassa. Photo: Greenfield Environmental Multistate Trust

NAVASSA — The next quarterly meeting later this month about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. – Navassa Superfund Site will include discussion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed restoration plan for the Brunswick County site.

The meeting hosted by EPA Region 4 staff, the state Department of Environmental Quality and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust is from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St.

Also on the agenda are recently approved environmental investigation reports, including one on risks to human health, and updates on recent soil sampling, site marketing and the property transfer process.

From 1936 to 1974, Kerr-McGee and other companies used for creosote-based wood treating from 1936 to 1974 the 246-acre site surrounded by the Brunswick River, Sturgeon Creek, a residential area and a light industrial area. Kerr-McGee dismantled the wood-treatment buildings and facilities in 1980., The soil, sediment and groundwater are contaminated by creosote-related chemicals but does not currently threaten people living or working near the site.

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.

If you have any questions or need more information, contact Richard Elliott of the Multistate Trust at 617-953-1154 or re@g-etg.com.

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