Environmental officials will discuss, among other topics, plans for the impending removal of contaminated soil from a former wood treatment storage area on the Superfund site in Navassa.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, and Multistate Environmental Response Trust officials are hosting two community meetings and a drop-in information session Tuesday at the Navassa Community Center.
Officials will update residents and stakeholders about the proposed plan for Operable Unit 2, or OU2, which includes about 80 acres free of contamination and is not part of the Superfund site; ongoing environmental investigations and activities on the site; natural resource restoration projects; and redevelopment planning efforts.
The community meetings will include the same presentation, following by a question-and-answer session. Those meetings are set for 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and aired live online at this Zoom link, by entering tinyurl.com/NavassaMeetings into your browser, or by calling 301-715-8592. Use meeting ID 946 584 8922 and passcode 664564.
The drop-in session from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. is in-person only and will provide the public an opportunity to talk with officials one on one.
From 1936 to 1874, Kerr-McGee and other companies used 70 acres of the 246-acre former Kerr-McGee property for creosote-based wood treating. The site was added to the National Priorities List of federal Superfund sites in 2010 after contamination by creosote-related chemicals were confirmed in the soil, sediment and groundwater in areas of the site.
Last year, the EPA deleted OU1, which consists of a little more than 20 acres, from its National Priorities List, clearing the way for the unit to be reused.