Former Kerr-McGee Operation remains Superfund Site in North Carolina


The Environmental Protection Agency plans to update the public later this month on one of its existing Superfund sites created by the former Kerr-McGee Company when it was based in Oklahoma City.

The 251-acre site is in Navassa, North Carolina where Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation carried out creosote-based wood treating from 1936 to 1974. The company dismantled the wood-treatment buildings and facilities by 1980 but the soil, sediment and groundwater are contaminated by the creosote-related contaminants.

The EPA says the groundwater flows toward nearby marshes, Sturgeon Creek and the Brunswick River. Residents are not threatened but since December 7, 2016, contractors have collected 44 groundwater samples, 15 soil samples and 13 sediment samples.

A meeting with the public will be held March 14 to explain the ongoing environmental investigation and field work.

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