DEQ, EPA and Multistate Trust to Hold Public Meeting about Kerr-McGee Site in Navassa


State and federal officials together with Multistate Trust representatives will hold a public meeting regarding the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp – Navassa Superfund site on Tuesday, January 14. Topics will include a site update, site activities planned for 2020, 2019 accomplishments including sampling, property transfer options and upcoming utility line construction.

What:               Public Meeting for the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp – Navassa Superfund site

When:              Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where:             Navassa Community Center, 338 Main Street, Navassa, N.C.

Who:                N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4; Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust)

Site Background: From 1936 to 1974, Kerr-McGee and other companies used the 245-acre site for creosote-based wood treating. The site is bounded by the Brunswick River, Sturgeon Creek, a residential area and a light industrial area. The soil, sediment and groundwater are contaminated by creosote-related chemicals. In 2005, the site was conveyed to Tronox, a Kerr-McGee spinoff that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009. In 2011, the Multistate Trust acquired the site as a court-appointed trustee as part of the Tronox bankruptcy settlement. The Multistate Trust is working with its beneficiaries—DEQ and EPA—on the site investigation, remediation and redevelopment planning.

For more information, visit the EPA website at: or the Multistate Trust website at:

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