The Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. site fronts Sturgeon Creek in Navassa. Photo: Mark Hibbs

Virtual updates are set for next week to update the public on remediation work at the Navassa Superfund site, where from 1936 to 1980 a wood-treating plant was operated that led to contamination at the property bordered by the Brunswick River, Sturgeon Creek, and now a residential area and a light industrial area.

During the virtual meetings set for noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency, state Department of Environmental Quality and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust will cover the ongoing site investigations, upcoming remediation work and related contracting opportunities and redevelopment planning.

Both sessions will include the same presentation, followed by a question-and-answer period. For more information, see the flyer

From noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Multistate Trust will hold a contractor information session to discuss potential contracting needs for upcoming excavation work at the Kerr-McGee site. Information on the anticipated scope of the project, expertise needed for the work, qualifications, potential training opportunities and timing of the work will be reviewed. For more information, see the flyer. 

Call 301-715-8592 to join by phone. Use meeting ID 946 584 8922# and passcode 664564#. Follow the Zoom link or enter into your browser window.

The Multistate Trust materials will be available in advance of the virtual meetings at The final presentation materials and video of the presentations will be on the website following the event.  

From 1936 to 1974, Kerr-McGee and other companies operated a creosote-based wood treating facility on about 70 acres of the 246-acre property. By 1980, Kerr-McGee dismantled the wood-treatment buildings and facilities. In 2005, the property was conveyed to Tronox, a Kerr-McGee spinoff that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009. In 2010, groundwater, soil, and sediment contaminated by creosote-related chemicals led the EPA to add the former Kerr-McGee Property to the National Priorities List of federal Superfund sites, according to the Multistate Trust.

In 2011, the Multistate Trust bought 152 acres of the property, 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 its beneficiaries, EPA and NCDEQ, on site investigation, remediation and facilitating safe, beneficial future reuse.

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