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KERR-MCGEE CHEMICAL CORP - COLUMBUS
COLUMBUS, MS

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Announcements and Key Topics

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with support from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), is releasing a Proposed Plan to address contaminated soil at a portion of the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation Superfund Site in Columbus, Mississippi. EPA held a public meeting on December 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Genesis Dream Center located at 1820 23rd Street North, Columbus, Mississippi. EPA is also soliciting public comments on the Proposed Plan for 30 days from December 7, 2018 to January 6, 2019.

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Public Participation Opportunities

EPA is leading community involvement activities at the site to get community input and make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach activities have included public notices, interviews and information meetings.

EPA held a public meeting on the Proposed Plan and preferred alternative for addressing contaminated soil at a portion of the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation Site. The meeting was held on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Genesis Dream Center, located at 1820 23rd Street North, Columbus, Mississippi to allow community members to voice their views about EPA’s proposed plan for cleanup.

  • An EPA representative from Headquarters attended an April 2015 CAG meeting to provide information on the Superfund Job Training Initiative Program (SuperJTI), a job readiness program that provides training and employment opportunities for people living in communities affected by a Superfund site.
  • EPA staff participated in a June 2016 summer camp event hosted by the Lowndes County Housing Authority and J5. During this event, EPA provided education and outreach to approximately 30 children who live in the impacted community. Children received education on the Agency's involvement at the site,ncluding the sampling process and measures taken to ensure the community's safety.
  • EPA staff conducted door-to-door outreach in the community to provide site updates and to address concerns of stakeholders unable to attend regularly scheduled CAG meetings. These residents were identified by leaders of the CAG and/or concerned citizens.
  • EPA staff, the Multistate Trust and contractors have hosted numerous availability sessions for stakeholders to provide updates of current site status and upcoming activities, and to solicit input on areas to be considered for sampling. One outreach event was attended by approximately 400 stakeholders who came out to review conceptual site models to be considered for redevelopment and reuse after Site cleanup is complete.
  • Representatives from EPA participate in monthly CAG meetings that are held in Columbus, Mississippi and are generally on the fourth Tuesday of each month. During the CAG meetings, stakeholders discuss site status, upcoming site activities, community concerns and potential resolutions.
  • During monthly Community Advisory Group (CAG) meetings, residents were provided a thorough explanation of their sampling results and given an opportunity to discuss concerns.During monthly Community Advisory Group (CAG) meetings, residents were provided a thorough explanation of their sampling results and given an opportunity to discuss concerns.

For more information about site-related activities, please contact one of the members of EPA’s site team:

  1. Community Involvement Coordinator: Kerisa Coleman (coleman.kerisa@epa.gov) (PH: 404-562-8831)
  2. Remedial Project Manager: Charles King (king.charlesl@epa.gov) (PH: 404-562-8931)  

Monthly Community Advisory Group (CAG) meetings are held in Columbus, Mississippi on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Municipal Complex located at 1501 Main Street, Columbus, MS. During the CAG meetings, stakeholders, including representative from EPA, discuss site status, upcoming site activities, community concerns and potential resolutions.

Mississippi State University’s Small Town Design and Landscape Architecture students are assisting the Kerr McGee technical team by developing a series of conceptual designs for reuse at the site after the remediation is complete. As a part of this project, after receiving input from the community and local stakeholders, the MSU students will modify the designs and will attempt to identify suitable funding options to assist with the implementation of the redevelopment.

A series of meetings will be held in the community to discuss any environmental restrictions that may result from remediation activities and to ensure that stakeholders have an opportunity to share their desires for reasonable redevelopment/reuse options.

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Community Advisory Group

Following a Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) and Community Advisory Group (CAG) presentation meeting, the Memphis Town Community Advisory Group was formed. The CAG generally holds meetings every fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. CAG meetings are held at the Municipal Complex located at 1501 Main Street, Columbus, Mississippi. A CAG meeting was held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Municipal Complex.

Steve Jamison, CAG Chairman
P.O. Box 8625
Columbus, MS 39705

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Community Resources

Learn more about the Columbus-Greenfield Environmental Trust Exit

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Site News Archive

Mississippi State University’s Small Town Design and Landscape Architecture students assisted the Kerr McGee technical team by developing a series of conceptual designs for reuse at the site after the remediation is complete in 2016.

As a part of this project, after receiving input from the community and local stakeholders, the Mississippi State University students will modify the designs and will attempt to identify suitable funding options to assist with the implementation of the redevelopment. A series of meetings were held in the community to discuss any environmental restrictions that may result from remediation activities and to ensure that stakeholders have an opportunity to share their desires for reasonable redevelopment/reuse options.


Future Land Use and Redevelopment Planning:
  • Mississippi State University’s Small Town Design and Landscape Architecture students are assisting the Kerr McGee technical team by developing a series of conceptual designs for reuse at the site after the remediation is complete.
  • As a part of this project, after receiving input from the community and local stakeholders, the MSU students will modify the designs and will attempt to identify suitable funding options to assist with the implementation of the redevelopment.
  • A series of meetings will be held in the community to discuss any environmental restrictions that may result from remediation activities and to ensure that stakeholders have an opportunity to share their desires for reasonable redevelopment/reuse options.
  • Expedite the RI/FS process in order to achieve an effective cleanup of the Site in a timely manner.

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