An investigative state audit kept under wraps by the state attorney general's office for five years until released monday alleges wrongdoing in the awarding of a contract at the tar creek. Tar creek is the biggest superfund site in oklahoma, by far but, it's not the only one the department of environmental quality (deq) lists sixteen superfund sites around oklahoma. Tar creek is one of the most polluted locations in the country and was among the first sites included in the superfund program when it was created in 1983 tar creek remains on the superfund list to this day, and epa has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past 35 years trying to clean up the site. Top photo: a view of picher, oklahoma, near the tar creek superfund site on april 6, 2008 we depend on the support of readers like you to help keep our nonprofit newsroom strong and independent. Site background tar creek superfund site, located in northeastern oklahoma, is part of the tri-state mining dis-trict (ok, ks, and mo), which has some of the richest deposits of lead and zinc ore in the united.
The tar creek catholic 40 site is a historically significant part of the tar creek superfund site (the site) the tar creek superfund site is located in the tri-state mining district, which spans parts of oklahoma, kansas and missouri. The tar creek superfund site is located in northeastern oklahoma (ottawa county), near the oklahoma-kansas state line (figure 1 [pdf - 285 kb]) the site comprises a 40-square mile area and includes the communities of picher, cardin, hockerville, quapaw, north miami, and commerce. When the water rises in tar creek, which runs through the site, a neon-orange scum oozes onto the roadside wild onions, a regional delicacy tossed into scrambled eggs, are saturated with cadmium — which may explain, local doctors say, why three different kidney dialysis centers have opened here to serve a population of only 30,000. The tar creek superfund site (the site) is located in far northeastern oklahoma (ottawa county) near the oklahoma/kansas border the site itself comprises a 40-square mile area but is part of the larger tri-state mining district that includes areas of kansas and missouri and 10 tribal nations.
The town of picher, oklahoma is part of the tar creek superfund site in the northeast most county in oklahoma and includes land segments in southwest missouri and southeast kansas and totals nearly 1,200 acres and 40 square miles (see site description. Click below to download photos of tar creek if you have photos from a screening you've attended, or if you've just passed through tar creek and taken a few snapshots, send them to us at [email protected] and we'll get them up here. Tar creek - a history of the quapaw indians, the world s largest lead and zinc discovery, and the tar creek superfund site when this book was conceived, it was intended as a straightforward recounting of the story of the world s greatest discovery of lead and zinc located in the far northeast corner of oklahoma. An excellent way to learn about the environmental tragedy known as the tar creek superfund site is to read the following documents it is recommended you first read the glossary where terms used in the reports were defined. In 1983, the environmental protection agency (epa) listed the tar creek superfund site on the national priorities list, making it subject to the comprehensive environmental response, compensation, and liability act of 1980 (cercla, 42 usc §9601 et seq.
Tar creek 114 likes tar creek is a 2009 feature-length environmental documentary about the tar creek superfund site, which at one time was considered. The tar creek superfund site is part of the tri-state mining district, which includes northeastern oklahoma, southeastern kansas, and southwestern missouri the site originally produced lead and zinc to make bullets during both world wars. Case history: the tar creek superfund site located in ottawa county constitutes the oklahoma portion of the tri-state mining district which covers approximately 2,500 square miles across the states of kansas, missouri and oklahoma. The tar creek superfund site in northeastern oklahoma is a large area contaminated from 100 years of lead and zinc mining in this proposal we focus on developing surface coverage and remediation methods for the 45 million cubic yards of mine tailings, known as chat.
Tar creek was one of the first sites added to epa's superfund list in 1983 blood tests later showed a large share of local children had elevated lead levels eventually hundreds of residents took. Record of decision, operable unit 4, chat piles, other mine and mill waste, and smelter waste, tar creek superfund site, ottawa county, oklahoma. Tar creek superfund site • tri-state mining district • mining began in the area during the late 1800's and lasted until approximately 1970. Tar creek effectively spins the true tale of the quapaw indians, the world's greatest discovery of lead and zinc, and the making of the oldest and largest environmental superfund site in america organically encompassed in this tale are the first footsteps of the american indian in the western hemisphere, the founding of the united states, and.
Located in the northeast corner of oklahoma, the town of picher was once home to the world's richest lead and zinc mining field but since the area was declared a superfund site in 1981, picher. Tar creek, one of the first sites in the superfund program and still among the most polluted places in the country, started as an environmental tragedy, morphed into a criminal scandal, and is. Tar creek (ottawa county), oklahoma acid mine drainage and lead contamination in the tar creek area site overview site location the 40-square mile tar creek superfund site is located in ottawa county, a county with a population of roughly 33,000 people, in northeastern oklahoma.
----- summary of remedial alternative selection tar creek site location and description the picher field, located in ottawa county, oklahoma, and cherokee county, kansas, is one of the lead-zinc subregions which comprise the tri-state mining region of oklahoma, kansas, and missouri. The tar creek superfund site is located in ottawa county, oklahoma (latitude 3699538n, longitude 9482852w) and is part of a former lead and zinc mining area that operated from the early 1900s through 1970the.
A federal buyout of homes and businesses in the tar creek superfund site in oklahoma is nearly complete and is expected to cost about $10 million less than original estimates. Tar creek cleanup is an excellent example of how the program should work, albert kelly, senior adviser to the epa administrator said state and local partners, tribal partners, and epa. Tar creek is the story of the worst environmental disaster you've never heard of: the tar creek superfund site once one of the largest lead and zinc mines on the planet, tar creek is now home to more than 40 square miles of environmental devastation in northeastern oklahoma: acid mine water in the creeks, stratospheric lead poisoning in the.