Agencies to update community on Navassa Superfund cleanup


NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources (NCDENR) and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust will host a public meeting Tuesday to provide an update on the EPA-led cleanup of the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Navassa.

The EPA will provide an overview of the site contamination, review the current sampling effort and present the next steps planned for the cleanup. The agency says its goal is for the cleanup to be consistent with the community’s vision for the future land use of the site, so it will answer questions during the public meeting in order to understand residents’ concerns. Contamination at the site was the result of a wood treatment operation.

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The Natural Resource Trustees, which include representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and NCDENR, will also be on hand to discuss the difference between the cleanup effort, led by EPA and NCDENR, and the restoration effort, led by the Natural Resource Trustees. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) will answer health-related questions.

The meeting is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Calvary AME Church at 325 Main Street in Navassa.

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