NAVASSA — Another community meeting and walk-in information session is scheduled at Navassa to discuss eventual cleanup plans for Operable Unit 2 of the Navassa Superfund site.
The US Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, and the Multistate Trust will host a meeting on October 18 at the Navassa Community Center.
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Community meetings from 6-7pm will be virtual and in-person, while drop-in information sessions will be in-person only from 7-8pm.
In addition to ongoing cleanup work, conference topics include future sampling at the wetlands, marketing and future use of the site, and land donations for the Moze Heritage Center.
The plan is part of a three-agency effort to clean up a 100-acre Superfund site that was used as a creosote-based wood processing facility operated by Kerr-McGee from 1936 to 1974. Creosote-related chemicals have led the EPA to add this asset to the National Priority List of Federal Superfund Sites. Site contamination does not currently pose a threat to people living or working near Superfund sites.
The land is divided into 5 operational units, one of which is groundwater. Agency is repairing units from 1 to 4 or has no effect on most units. In April 2021, the EPA issued a record of decision explaining that the remedy chosen for the 20-acre OU1 was to do nothing, paving the way for future land reclamation.
EPA signed the record of its decision on OU2 remediation on September 28.
OU2 is a 15-acre area south of OU1 and north of the historic wood working process area. OU2 was used by Kerr-McGee and his predecessors for treated and untreated wood storage.
According to an EPA press release, the EPA has selected Alternative 3 — contaminant removal, on-site reuse/consolidation, and off-site disposal — as the final remedy for OU2.
Both community meetings and drop-in informational sessions will be held at the Navassa Community Center at 338 Main Street. You can join the meeting via Zoom or by calling (301) 715-8592. Use meeting ID 946 584 8922# and passcode 664564#.
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