Tar Creek Superfund Site
Tar Creek Facts:
The Tar Creek Superfund Site is part of the Tri-State Mining District, which includes northeastern Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas, and southwestern Missouri. The site originally mined lead and zinc to make bullets during both World Wars. Mining waste, known locally as “chat”, was left on the surface of the site when mining operations ceased in the 1970s. Chat contains concentrations of lead, zinc, and cadmium that are a risk to human health and the environment. People should avoid contact with chat. Cleanup of the over 30 million tons of chat is continuing at the Tar Creek Superfund Site.
DEQ Program Manager: Brian Stanila (405) 702-5138
Free Yard Testing: Ellen Isbell (405) 702-5129
DEQ Press Contact: Erin Hatfield, (405) 702-7119
Ottawa County Residents should be aware of:
- Chat Use Restrictions: Do not use chat for residential uses, such as in your driveway, yard, or garden.
- Chat Safety: Do not allow children to play in areas with chat.
- Free Yard Testing: If you live in Ottawa County and suspect that your yard has chat contamination, please contact DEQ’s Hotline at 1-800-522-0206 to get your yard tested.
- Free Child Blood Lead Testing: The Ottawa County Health Department’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides free lead testing for children six months to six years of age.
- Fish Consumption Guidelines: Limit fish consumption, since lead concentrates in the food chain.
- Addendum to 2021 OU1 O&M Annual Report
- Active Projects: Be aware of active projects occurring in your area.