Navassa community input important for future Superfund site plans

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Community workshop on the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Navassa (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — A community workshop on the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Navassa kicked off tonight to continue getting input from residents. Friday evening was the first of the two-day workshop.

It is the latest attempt from the Multistate Trust to discuss the future of the Superfund site.
The Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation operated a wood treatment plant in Navassa for nearly 45 years. The plant contaminated the groundwater and soil.

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Moving forward Navassa leaders say it is important to hear what the community wants to happen with the site.

“It’s very important that they have a voice in what they would like to see as far as the future of their community. Although they are no longer living over there, it’s still apart of their community and what they have been accustom to all their lives,” Navassa Community Economic Environmental Redevelopment Corporation Vice President Latanya Beatty-Nixon said.

The workshop ran until 9:00 p.m. and will continue tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Navassa Community Center Saturday.