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Officials to Provide Update On Navassa Site

Location of the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. site in Navassa. Map: Natural Resource Trustees

NAVASSA — The state Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust are set to host two online meetings Tuesday about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. Superfund site.

The meetings set for noon and 6:30 p.m. will include a review of remediation progress and plans at each of the site’s operable units as well as information on the amended proposed plan for a portion of the site.

To call in for the noon meeting, dial  1-339-666-3080 and enter meeting ID number 144 169 03#, or join the meeting online.                 

For the 6:30 p.m. meeting, call 1-339-666-3080 and enter meeting ID number 729 697 221#, or join the meeting online.

The former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. and other companies used the 245-acre site on the Brunswick River and Sturgeon Creek from 1936 to 1974 for treating wood with creosote. The soil, sediment and groundwater are contaminated by creosote-related chemicals.

The site was conveyed in 2005 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, DEQ and EPA on the site investigation, remediation and redevelopment planning.

For more information, visit the EPA website at www.epa.gov/superfund/kerr-mcgee-chemical-corp or the Multistate Trust website at http://multi-trust.org/navassa-north-carolina.

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