Environment

Quapaw Tribe reaches agreement to clean up Superfund sites






A view of the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. Large piles of waste, known as chat, can be seen in the background. Photo from EPA

The Quapaw Tribe entered into a cooperative agreement to clean up contaminate sites in the Tar Creek Superfund area.

The tribe will work with the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Oklahoma. Plans call for the removal of approximately 72,000 tons of waste from Oklahoma and remediation of additional properties in Kansas.

"Our goal is to make this land useful and productive again," Chairman John Berrey said in a press release. "We live here and we care about the outcomes, so we are very pleased to have these two new agreements in place."

The tribe already completed clean up at a site known as the Catholic 40. It was the first time a tribe conducted a Superfund project.

Tar Creek consists of 1,188 square miles of land that was contaminated by lead and zinc mining. It's considered the most toxic in the U.S.

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