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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Commencement of Remedial Action Activities at Distal 10 and 12

The Quapaw Tribe will be commencing further Remedial Action Activities at the Tar Creek Superfund Site under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Cleanup Program through a cooperative agreement. The tribe will be leading and managing the cleanup of the Distal 10 and 12 sites, which is located within the Tar Creek Superfund Site in Northeast Oklahoma. This site is located north of the town of Commerce, OK. Hauling of source material will commence as early as Monday, March 27, 2017. A transportation route of the planned haul route of source material to the Central Mill Tailings Pond Repository is provided below.

The Tar Creek Superfund Site is comprised of nearly 40 square miles of mine tailings, undermined areas, and acid mine drainage areas. The tribe has a staff of engineers, scientists, and construction managers; they also have most of the construction equipment necessary to perform this work. The tribe has worked with EPA’s Region 6 office in Dallas in developing site-specific plans so that consistency among various site-wide projects is maintained. EPA has approved these plans and will also provide project oversight throughout the project.
This project comes in succession of the Catholic 40, Beaver Creek North, and Distal 13 cleanup projects, in which the tribe previously worked on with EPA Region 6 through a cooperative agreement. The Catholic 40 site was the first project in the history of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Cleanup Program to let a tribe lead and manage cleanup of a property, in which they own, within a Superfund site.

The site plans for Distal 10 and 12 are housed at the Tribal Museum, located at 905 Whitebird Street, Quapaw, OK 74363. Please contact the Quapaw Tribe Environmental Office at 918-238-3097 with any questions concerning the remedial action activities.

Thanks,

Craig Kreman
Assistant Environmental Director
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
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