EPA celebrates Kerr-McGee clean-up in Columbus

Franklin Hill, director for the Environmental Protection Agency Region 4, speaks to community members about the progress of the former Columbus Kerr-McGee site Thursday morning. Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the Greenfield Environmental Multistate Trust also spoke to members of the community. 

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Michael Ori
Kerr-McGee redevelopment site meetings planned

Greenfield Environmental Trust Group Director of Environmental Programs Lauri Gorton speaks to a crowd at the Memphis Town Community Advisory Group meeting Tuesday at the Columbus Municipal Complex. Greenfield is overseeing the clean-up and redevelopment efforts at the former Kerr-McGee site in north Columbus. Gorton said Greenfield will host a community input meeting to hear the public's ideas for future development at the site at Sim Scott Park on April 5 at 7 p.m.

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Anna Novikova
Eating an Elephant in Columbus, Mississippi

So, how do you eat an elephant?  For some of us, the former Tronox/Kerr-McGee Superfund site in Columbus looked like an elephant.... and we were being asked to eat it.

In January 2010, federal and state environmental officials toured the former Kerr-McGee wood treatment facility and the challenges surrounding it. At that time, stakeholders, including Tronox, City officials, MDEQ and EPA were struggling to find a way to address cleanup, safety, and drainage issues along 14th Avenue in Columbus, Mississippi.

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Anna Novikova