Tentative settlement would provide money for Tar Creek site

Oklahoma City_State officials have a tentative agreement with a mining company that would pay nearly 65 million dollars to help restore the contaminated Tar Creek superfund site.

The Tar Creek area in far Northeastern Oklahoma is polluted from decades of lead and zinc mining and has had mine collapses, open mine shafts and acid water that's left water in Tar Creek orange.

The tentative settlement is with Asarco LLC of Tucson, Arizona which stopped mining in the area in 1952.  The proposal calls for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to get 7-and-a-half million dollars in reimbursement and for damages to natural resources.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs would receive a combined 33 million dollars and a council made up of state, federal and tribal groups would get more than 24 million dollars.  The pending settlement also includes money for the Cherokee County, Kansas, portion of the superfund site and two sites in Missouri.

A hearing on the settlement is scheduled for November 13th in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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