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Officials to discuss Kerr-McGee Superfund Site during public meeting

Federal and state officials, along with Multistate Trust representatives, will hold a public availability session and public meeting next week about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation Superfund Site in Navassa. (Source: WECT) Federal and state officials, along with Multistate Trust representatives, will hold a public availability session and public meeting next week about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation Superfund Site in Navassa. (Source: WECT)
NAVASSA, NC (WECT) -

Federal and state officials, along with Multistate Trust representatives, will hold a public availability session and public meeting next week about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation Superfund Site in Navassa.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Navassa Community Center at 338 Main St. The public availability session will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the public meeting running from 6 to 8 p.m.

Officials said the topics will include "the recently completed remedial investigation; the planned feasibility study of potential remediation options; the upcoming Community Visioning Workshop; natural resource restoration; and North Carolina recommended limits on consumption of fish and shellfish from near the site."

"The Public Availability Session will provide residents an opportunity to talk one-on-one with experts about the Superfund Site and related matters," officials said in a new release. "Representatives of EPA, N.C. DEQ, Multistate Trust, N.C. DPH and Navassa Trustees Council will be available to answer questions and share information."

Representatives of EPA, NC Department of Environmental Quality, NC Department of Public Health, Navassa Trustees Council, and the Multistate Trust will provide updates during the public meeting.

The 251-acre site sits along the Brunswick River and was once home to the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation, which operated a wood-treatment plant from 1936 to 1974. 

During its operation, the plant applied creosote-based chemicals to various products including railroad ties, utility poles, and pilings. Wastewater generated during the creosote treatment process was discharged into two on-site and unlined wastewater ponds.

When the plant was dismantled in 1980, the wastewater ponds were drained and the creosote sludge left behind was covered with fresh soil and seeded over.

EPA teams have discovered creosote samples as deep as 90 feet underground at the site. The site's contaminants do not currently threaten people living or working near the area.

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