NAVASSA – Excavation, investigations and reuse planning associated with the site formerly home to the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp.’s creosote-based wood-treatment facility are to be discussed Tuesday during online meetings.

Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust are holding two virtual community meetings about the Superfund site and adjacent property, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Meeting topics will include the upcoming Operable Unit 2 excavation and related work, ongoing investigations and reuse planning and property transfer.

The Multistate Trust property, outlined in green in the map inset at lower right, includes most of the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp.–Navassa Superfund Site. Illustration: Multistate Trust

Operable Unit 2 includes about 80 acres free of contamination and not part of the Superfund site.

In September, officials deleted the 20.2-acre Operable Unit 1 area of the site from the National Priorities List.

The meetings are online only, and the two times are offered to allow greater participation. Both meetings will begin with the same presentation, and a question-and-answer period will follow.

To join the meetings by phone, call 301-715-8592, and use meeting ID 946 584 8922# and passcode 664564#.

To join online, visit this Zoom link or enter into your browser.

Key members of the project team include:

  • Multistate Trust Director of Environmental Justice Policies and Programs Claire Woods.
  • Multistate Trust Senior Project Manager Ngozi Ibe.
  • Multistate Trust Director of Construction Services Richard Elliott.
  • EPA Region 4 Remedial Project Manager Erik Spalvins.
  • EPA Region 4 Community Involvement Coordinator L’Tonya Spencer-Harvey.
  • North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Superfund Section Environmental Engineer Dave Mattison.

The Multistate Trust is to post presentation materials at following the meetings.

Wood treating operations took place from 1936 to 1974 on about 70 acres of the 246-acre former Kerr-McGee Property on the Brunswick River at Sturgeon Creek. The company had dismantled the wood-treatment buildings and facilities by 1980.

In 2010, groundwater, soil, and sediment contamination by creosote-related chemicals led EPA to add the former Kerr-McGee Property to the National Priorities List of federal Superfund sites. Officials said site contamination does not currently threaten people living or working near the Superfund site.

In 2005, the former Kerr-McGee Property was conveyed to Tronox, a Kerr-McGee spinoff that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009. In 2011, the Multistate Trust acquired about 152 acres of the former Kerr-McGee Property as a court-appointed trustee as part of the Tronox bankruptcy settlement. In 2016, the Multistate Trust purchased an additional 2 acres.

The Multistate Trust is working with the EPA and NCDEQ on site investigation, remediation and facilitating safe, beneficial future reuse.

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