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EPA, NCDEQ and Multistate Trust to Hold Open House and Public Meeting for the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp Superfund Site in Navassa

Federal and state officials together with Multistate Trust representatives will host an open house and public information meeting about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp – Navassa Superfund Site on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Redevelopment concepts for the Site will be presented at the open house, while the public meeting will focus on recent environmental investigations, field activities in 2018, possible remediation options and redevelopment concepts.

What:               Open House and Public Meeting for the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp – Navassa Superfund Site

When:              Thursday, August 9, 2018

Where:            Navassa Community Center, 338 Main Street, Navassa, N.C.

Who:                U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)
Multistate Environmental Response Trust (the Multistate Trust)

Redevelopment Concepts Open House – 3 to 6 p.m.

Residents will have the opportunity to view redevelopment concepts for the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp – Navassa Superfund Site in Navassa, N.C.

Public Information Meeting – 6 to 8 p.m.

Representatives of EPA, NCDEQ, and the Multistate Trust will present site updates and answer questions.

Site Background

From 1936 to 1974, Kerr-McGee and other companies used the 245-acre site for creosote-based wood treating. By 1980, Kerr-McGee dismantled the wood-treatment buildings and facilities. 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 trustee as part of the Tronox bankruptcy settlement. The Multistate Trust is working with its beneficiaries—EPA and NCDEQ—on the site investigation, remediation and redevelopment planning.

The site is bounded by the Brunswick River, Sturgeon Creek, a residential area, and a light industrial area. The soil, sediment and groundwater are contaminated by creosote-related chemicals. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site.

For more information, visit the EPA website:

The Multistate Trust website:

About The Author

Allison Barrett Carter

Allison is a freelance writer who relocated to Leland from Chapel Hill with her husband and two sons. After a career in content marketing and overseeing the launch of the NC Blogger Network, she was excited to find a career with the Magazines that merges her passions: journalism and online content to enhance community. Her creative writing essays have appeared in places such as New York Times, Washington Post, Today's parenting, Redbook, Verily Magazine, Women's Running, Role Reboot, elephant journal and numerous print anthologies, such as Chicken Soup for the Soul and Double Bind (a Norton anthology). Allison loves watching her sons play on the beach and paddling the river behind their house.

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