Superfund meeting in Bristow


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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 1/30 10:32 pm Published: 1/30 10:16 pm


The Environmental Protection Agency and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality had an open house Thursday.

They came to tell the people of Bristow the 125 acres of contaminated land is finally on its radar to be cleaned up but it's going to be a long process.

The DEQ has been trying to get the EPA to help since the early '90s. They've finally gathered enough evidence of serious contamination.

"It has actually just been listed. So just last month this site has become an official Superfund site." said Monty Elder, DEQ.

The EPA will start the process of cleaning up the land but first it has to test the soil, water and air to determine the extent of contamination. It also has to try to find out who could be potentially responsible-since the original oil companies no longer exist.

"According to Superfund law if you buy a company that has contamination, you buy that company's contamination." said Elder.

If they can trace who should be held responsible they will ask them to pay for the cleanup but the company can say no.

"If they say no, then EPA will proceed to use Superfund funds to clean up the site. And they will go back to that company and sue them for three times the EPA's cost," Elder said.

This process won't help people who may have gotten sick from the contaminated land but the meeting did have some people in town feeling hopeful for the first time in years.


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