NAVASSA — The Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the Multistate Trust are holding a community meeting and drop-in information session Tuesday to discuss the record of decision and final cleanup plan that EPA recently issued for Operable Unit 2 at the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. – Navassa Superfund site.
The OU2 decision that EPA signed Sept. 28 covers the 15.6-acre area south of Operable Unit 1 and north of the historical wood treating operations process area. OU2 was used for treated and untreated wood storage by Kerr-McGee and its predecessors. EPA selected Alternative 3, which includes removal, onsite reuse and consolidation, and off-site disposal as the final remedy for OU2 based in part on community input, including environmental justice considerations.
The decision presents a reevaluation of Alternative 2, or removal and off-site disposal and Alternative 3 against the nine criteria per the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan. The selection of Alternative 3 over Alternative 2 was based on the former’s short-term effectiveness and how it was implementable and cost-effective. In addition, both the state and community stakeholders expressed a preference for Alternative 3.
Other meeting topics will include the upcoming sampling in the marsh, site marketing and future use, and the Moze Heritage Center land donation.
Both the community meeting and drop-in information session will be held at the Navassa Community Center at 338 Main St. The meeting can also be joined by Zoom or phone.
The community meeting is set for 6-7 p.m. for both in-person and virtual attendees. The drop-in information session is 7-8 p.m. for in-person attendees only.
Join the meeting by phone by calling 301-715-8592. Use meeting ID 946 584 8922# and passcode 664564#.