Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

TAR CREEK (OTTAWA COUNTY)
OTTAWA COUNTY, OK

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Announcements and Key Topics

Draft Human Health Risk Assessment Report, Operable Unit 5

EPA released the Draft Human Health Risk Assessment Report. This document provides information on estimated potential risks associated with exposures to surface water, sediment, and biota consumption. It can be accessed using the link or under the Site Documents and Data tab located on the left and the link for Site Profile Web Page - OU5 Technical Documents (44 documents).

 


Final Remedial Investigation Report, Operable Unit 5

EPA released the Final Remedial Investigation Report. This document provides information on metals contamination present throughout the watersheds. It can be accessed using the link or under the Site Documents and Data tab located on the left and the link for Site Profile Web Page - OU5 Technical Documents (43 documents).

 


Final Tar Creek Superfund Site Strategic Plan, Cleanup Progress and Plans for the Future

EPA released the final Tar Creek Strategic Plan on September 17, 2019. The document was developed jointly by EPA, Quapaw Nation, and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and updated based on comments recived from the public. The document provides an update on the cleanup progress and outlines how EPA, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, the Quapaw Nation, and the Tar Creek community will work to improve progress in addressing mining waste and contamination at the site.


Operable Unit 2 – Residential Areas

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) is cleaning up residential yards making the community a cleaner and safer place to live and play. Contaminated mine waste, commonly referred to as chat was used to build roads, parking lots, alleyways, driveways, and used as general fill material. The ODEQ encourages you to ask about having your yard sampled for lead. The ODEQ will be able to tell you whether your property has been sampled, cleaned up, or work with you to find out if sampling and cleanup is necessary. Anyone within Ottawa County is eligible for ODEQ’s Residential Yard Cleanup Program. If you are unsure whether your yard has been cleaned up and would like to get on the list to have your yard or driveway sampled, please contact ODEQ’s Tar Creek Residential Cleanup Project Manager Brian Stanila at 405-702-5138 or via ODEQ’s toll-free hotline number 1-800-522-0206..

Operable Unit 4 – Chat Piles, Other Mine and Mill Waste, and Smelter Waste

The EPA continues to work closely with the Quapaw Nation and the ODEQ on the implementation of the Tar Creek Superfund Site’s (Site) clean-up for mine waste. The EPA continues to award Cooperative Agreements (CAs) to both the Quapaw Nation and the ODEQ to carry out cleanups at the Site.

Current Projects:

Quapaw Nation: Distal 10, 10b, and 12; CB199; Bird Dog, and Marketable Chat

ODEQ: Beaver Creek Unrestricted Tier 1; Elm Creek Unrestricted Tier 1

Upcoming Projects:

Beaver Creek Unrestricted Tier 1, continued

Elm Creek Unrestricted Tier 1, continued

Smelter Site, Phase 2

Operable Unit 5 - Surface Water and Sediment

The Draft Remedial Investigation Report was released on July 1, 2019 for public review and comment. The comment period ended October 18, 2019. The doucment revisioins are complete and the final document was provided on April 8, 2020.

Drafting of the Human Health Risk Assessment continues. The draft release is scheduled for April/May2020.

 

The Feasibility Phase of work begain in November 2018. Region 7 is conducting field pilot study activities which will provide information on available technologies and support evaluation of potential remedial options.

  • Bank Stabilization - Turkey Creek: construction completed July 2019
  • Sediment Trap - Short Creek: scheduled for 2020
  • Sediment Trap - Tar Creek: scheduled for 2020

Although not a specific pilot study, sediment traps will be constructed on Elm Creek during the remediation of the Bird Dog project which began in 2019. Information gathered on the construction and performance of the sediment traps will be used to inform the feasibility study.

 

 

 

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Public Participation Opportunities

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Tri-State Mining District Open House/Community Meeting

These are held periodcially. Check back often for any planned updates.

Tar Creek Conference

EPA participates in the Annual Tar Creek Conference held in Miami, OK

Upcoming: September 2020

Additional Site information can be found at the information repositories or on the internet. The repository has a variety of Site related technical documents related to studies on chat, the geology, the hydrology, and cleanup activities.

The repository for the Tar Creek Site is located at the

Miami Public Library
200 North Main Street
Miami, Oklahoma   74354
918.542.2292

ODEQ website dedicated to Tar Creek: Tar Creek Superfund Site

In addition, documents related to Site activities can be reviewed under the Site Reports and Documents link located on the Home Page.

 

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Community Resources

Community involvement is the process of engaging in dialogue and collaboration with community members. The goal of Superfund community involvement is to advocate and strengthen early and meaningful community participation during Superfund cleanups.

EPA is committed to engaging dialogue and collaboration with community members.  Our goal for Superfund community involvement is to advocate and strengthen early and meaningful community participation during Superfund cleanups.  We strive to encourage and enable community members to get involved.   EPA is committed to:

  • Listen carefully to what the community is saying
  • Take the time needed to deal with community concerns
  • Change planned actions where community comments or concerns have merit
  • Keep the community well informed of ongoing and planned activities
  • Explain to the community what EPA has done and why

Community Participation - EPA welcomes the opportunity to improve our communication effort by obtaining feedback and suggestions from you.  Do you have suggestions that can improve the exchange of information or ideas that can enhance the implementation of the remediation efforts?  If so, we want to hear from you.  Your participation can make a difference!

Community Involvement Plan (CIP) -  The site CIP has been developed to identify the concerns, needs and issues of the community.  This document informs the site team about the community and the preferred ways to involve them in the site clean-up

Please follow this link for a wide variety of community involvement information: Community Involvement Resources

Information Repositories

Information Repositories containing the Administrative Record including the Record of Decision (ROD), for the Tar Creek Superfund Site is available at the following locations: 

Miami Public Library
200 North Main Street
Miami, Oklahoma   74354
918.542.2292

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
707 North Robinson – 2nd Floor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma   73102
405.702.1188 or 405.702.1000

All inquiries from the news media should be directed to the Region 6 Press Office at 214.665.2200.

 

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Site News Archive

Tri-State Mining District Open House/Community Meeting

March 11, 2019

March 27, 2018

August 2017 at the Ottawa County Fair

 OU2 - Open House August 2017

August 2016

Tar Creek Conference

EPA participates in the Annual Tar Creek Conference held in Miami, OK

September 2015

September 2016

September 2017

September 2018

September 2019

Other Public Participation

Tribal Superfund Workgroup – Presentation April 2017

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