Environmental officials hold public hearing about Navassa Superfund site

Meeting about Superfund site Thursday night

NAVASSA, NC (WECT) - Field teams with the EPA have determined Hurricane Florence had no impact on the Navassa Superfund site in Brunswick County.

Federal and state officials held a public meeting Thursday to discuss the storm impact assessment, environmental investigations, and 2018 field activities. EPA and NC DEQ are also expected to propose a cleanup strategy for the former wood storage areas.

They said the storm brought down a lot of trees on the Kerr-McGee chemical corporation site, but the damage will not affect the public.

“Our overall goal here is we want to return this piece of property back to some kind of productive use for the community," said an EPA site manager. "One of the most important things for us to understand is how does a community want this piece of property to return back into the community?”

The site is being redeveloped and could bring jobs back to the area. The cleanup process will take about a year.

Kerr-McGee and other companies used the superfund site for creosote-based wood treating from 1936-74, contaminating the soil, sediment and groundwater. The EPA says the contamination does not threaten people living or working near the site.

The EPA plans to hold another meeting in January and hopes to have more information for town leaders.

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