L.E.A.D. Agency officials say EPA Superfund Task Force final report for Tar Creek is not enough

Officials say more funding is needed

On September 9th, the EPA released the final report for the Superfund Task Force. The report outlined significant accomplishments over the past two years at Superfund sites across the country.

Tar Creek fell under the first goal, where they developed tools to accelerate cleanup and remediation.

The plan was presented at the 21st Annual National Environmental Tar Creek Conference, but L.E.A.D. Agency officials are not satisfied.

“Where we’re having the problem is the commitment from the federal government to make this happen and to protect the people out here” said Grand Rive Keeper, Earl Hartley.

The report is to inform the public of the task forces progress and future plans to address the contamination of Tar creek. It states the strategic plan for near and long term action.

“While we welcome what’s going on and it does represent progress, it’s not enough, it’s just not enough” added Hartley.

Executive Director of L.E.A.D. Agency, Rebecca Jim, says the contamination of Tar Creek has gone on too long.

“We have had 40 years of bad water running down Tar Creek, and we’re just in the middle, it’ll probably be another 40, unless they pick up the pace.”

The Lead Agency says more funding is needed.

“When you look at the national Superfund strategic plan it starts off by saying Tar Creek is the most complicated site in the country, the largest most complicated site, yet when it goes through the report and it starts listing each site and how much funding they’re getting in for what, Tar Creek is the last site listed with the least amount of money” added Hartley.

For Jim, the conference is a way for them to continue educating everyone on what is happening at Tar creek and to hopefully push agencies to take action.

“We need much more to clean up this site, this site made a billion dollars for the mining companies, it’s going to take a billion dollars to fix it.”


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