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EPA Takes Public Comment on Proposal to Offer Relocation Assistance to the Residents of Treece, Kansas

Release Date: 02/12/2010
Contact Information: Dave Bary at 214-665-2200, David Bryan at 913-551-7433, Bryan.David@epa.gov, or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – February 12, 2010) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a proposed modification of the cleanup plan for the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. The proposed modification provides for the relocation assistance of nearby residents in Treece, Kansas.

On October 29, 2009, Congress provided EPA with an exemption from the Uniform Relocation Act for the relocation of Treece residents. At the time, EPA identified relocation as the primary option due to Treece’s long and unique legacy of pollution and environmental challenges. Today’s announcement is the first step towards making a final determination on relocation.

The voluntary relocation assistance would be provided by the State of Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The estimated number of properties being considered is approximately 77 residential and business properties.

Local, state and federal representatives provided information about the buyout process and answered questions from about 90 residents present during a community meeting attended by Treece Mayor Bill Blunk on January 28, 2010.

Copies of the proposed Superfund Draft Explanation of Significant Differences for the Record of Decision: Tar Creek Superfund Site Operable Unit 4, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, February 2010, are available at the Miami Public Library in Miami, Oklahoma, and the Johnston Public Library in Baxter Springs, Kansas.

The proposal is also available online at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6sf/oklahoma/tar_creek/ok_tar_creek_ou4_draft_esd_%2020100212.pdf

EPA is seeking public comment on the proposal until March 15, 2010.

More about activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/region6

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