Superfund Site Waste Could Be Contained Within 1 Year
~200,000 Cubic Yards Of Contaminated Material Will Be Sealed On-SIte At Former
Collinsville Smelter (Tulsa Fuel and Manfacturing Site)
|This drawing (from
presented to a handful of concerned citizens at Collinsville City Hall
Feb. 26, 2015) shows what the containment area may look like when work
is completed within the next year. There will be other areas within the
former Tulsa Fuel and Manufacting site which will have material relocated
(to the containment area) leaving them "suitible for residential
living" according to DEQ officials at the final public meeting here
before work begins. Those "re-claimed" areas will have a deed
notice to prevent any drilling or wells. Ownership of the former smelter
site is unclear and linked to up to 30 potential owners (according to
the DEQ) but none could be found liable for the entire cleanup thus making
it a superfund site in 1999 (after tests showed contaminants with high
levels of arsnic, lead and cadmium). The site is 1.3 miles south of city
hall at the end of 12th Street near the railroad crossing to Old Highway
|The plan for the
on-site containment of the waste was changed recently to rely on the natural
"high-placity" clay under the material to hold the waste rather
than a plastic liner. This provided a considerable cost savings for the
project with no reduction in effectiveness claimed. Most of the waste
material is located on-site but a small amount (~1600 cubic yards) will
be moved from adjacent properties south and north of the former smelter
into the containment area. The
next 30-60 days will be needed to select the contractor for the work.
Another 45 days of pre-construction work will be followed by about 10
months of construction work to complete the site.
site (above showing contaminated areas in purple) and future site (below)
|Pastor Kelvin Limbocker
(of the adjacent Faith Fellowship Church) was one of the few citizens
present for the public meeting at City Hall Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. Limbocker
had several questions on plan details and timeline for completion of the
project. Other questions came from Suzzane Dunn from the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Dept, and two individuals from the Cherokee Nation.
|Note: The "other"
Collinsville smelter site (east of the railroad tracks & most other
offsite waste) is addressed by the "Collinsville Soil Program"
and is not part of this separate DEQ superfund (TFM) effort. -- Ted Wright
be working on a page today ... but if you are interested
in the smelter waste containment
meeting last night ... I have the DEQ
powerpoint slides online now ... and any public
comments to DEQ are due by March 2nd. -- Ted 11:30am Fri
(email questions/comments to email@example.com).
Ted Wright -- last update 2/27/2015
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