Workshop to discuss Navassa Superfund site this weekend

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NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — The process of cleaning up the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Navassa has been in the works for years.

During those years, there has been dozens of meetings to get input on what residents would like to see in the area.

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“It’s been taking a long time because of the complex history of how the site is being managed,” EPA Remedial Project Manager, Erik Spalvins said.

For years, the Multistate Trust, Environmental Protection Agency, and NC Department of Environmental Quality have been working to redevelop the Superfund Site.

“A sign that we’re doing a good job is we still have a lot of participation,” Spalvins said. “We have 60, 70 people at a lot of our meetings. And that is a sign that the community cares about what’s going to happen. And they want to learn about it and they want to shape it.”



Now the Multistate Trust is hosting a Community Visioning Workshop to get more input on what people want to see developed.

“A natural reserve with maybe a cultural center on it,” Project Manager, Richard Elliott said. “All the way to there are people in town that are very interested in getting, you know, high paying jobs and producing a tax base for the community. Which kind of implies a commercial or even industrial type development.”

The Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation operated a wood treatment plant in Navassa for nearly 45 years. The plant contaminated the groundwater and soil.

“So by cleaning up this site and creating an opportunity for redevelopment creates possibility this community can return to being a place where people live and people work,” Spalvins said.

The EPA plans to begin preliminary work in the fall, the full clean up will begin sometime next year.

As for what will be developed, that is still up in the air.

The workshop kicks off Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Navassa Community Center.

For more information on the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site, click here.