Navassa Superfund Site meetings set for Tuesday, June 20

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Federal and state officials together will hold public availability sessions and a public meeting Tuesday, June 20, to answer questions about the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. Superfund Site in Navassa and update residents about environmental investigations, cleanup options and technologies, and redevelopment planning activities.

The three sessions will be from 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. and the meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St.

The sessions will provide an opportunity for community members to talk one-on-one with experts about Superfund Site-related concerns and ask questions about the environmental investigations, risk assessments, cleanup options and technologies, reuse planning, natural resource restoration, and other topics.

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency Region 4,

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Multistate Environmental Response Trust, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and

Navassa Trustees Council will be available to answer questions and share information.

During the meeting, representatives will update the public about the Superfund Site environmental investigations, cleanup options and technologies, and redevelopment planning activities.

Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. and other companies used the 251-acre Site for creosote-based wood treating from 1936 to 1974. Kerr-McGee dismantled the wood-treatment buildings and facilities by 1980. In 2005, the site was conveyed 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 fiduciary in connection with the global settlement of the Tronox bankruptcy. The Multistate Trust is working with EPA and N.C. DEQ, its beneficiaries, on the investigation and remediation of the Site and the planning for site redevelopment.

The site is bounded to the east by the Brunswick River, to the south by Sturgeon Creek, to the west by a residential area, and to the north by a light industrial area with an active CSX rail line.

The soil, sediment and groundwater are contaminated by creosote-related contaminants. The groundwater generally flows south and southeast toward the marshes, Sturgeon Creek and the Brunswick River. Site contamination does not threaten people living and working near the site.

Since the previous quarterly public meeting March 14, the Multistate Trust has formed a Redevelopment Working Group (RWG) consisting of community members and leaders interested in the site’s future reuse. The RWG is serving as a steering committee for the Kerr-McGee Navassa redevelopment planning activities.

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