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Posted on: May 23, 2017

Quapaw Tribe Receives EPA Grant to Move on With Tar Creek Clean-up

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. - The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is getting some help to continue their clean up efforts for its Tar Creek Superfund site.

"We have removed over a million tons of chat, we brought several hundred acres of mine land back to productive use as pasture land," explained tribe official Tim Kent.

The tribe was awarded an additional $5 million from the EPA.

"I think we are excited about going forward and we think this is a viable way to do it and we are hoping that continues," Kent added.

However, the Quapaw Tribe's Environmental Director Tim Kent says there's a lot of work to be done before the grant was approved.

"From going out to the site and seeing what the contamination is to finally getting the grant money approved is probably close to a year," said Kent. 

Kent adds about 40 local workers have been during land into safe pastures.

"One of the many benefits of having a tribe do it is we hire tribal members, we hire local people," Kent continued. "We vie for vendors and outside businesses and we use local businesses."

The EPA told the tribe the Tar Creek Superfund site could take another 40 years to complete. 

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