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January 14, 2009

Inhofe Secures Commitment on Tar Creek With Obama Nominee for EPA

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today highlighted top priorities for Oklahoma during consideration of the nomination of Lisa Jackson to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Nancy Sutley for Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. Among the top issues Senator Inhofe underscored during the hearing were providing for our nation’s highway and waterway infrastructure, as well as continuing the relocation of the Tar Creek Superfund Site in Picher, Oklahoma. 

“I was pleased to secure a commitment from Lisa Jackson to continue building on the tremendous progress already underway at Tar Creek,” Senator Inhofe said. “Ensuring the completion of the relocation and remediation of the Tar Creek Superfund Site in Northeast Oklahoma has been a top priority for me through my work on the Committee.  Since the early 1980s, EPA has ranked this site as one of the most severe in the country.  We have made tremendous progress over the years to put together a coordinated remediation plan and provide assistance to the residents of the area.  As we reach the finish line, I am looking forward to working with Lisa Jackson to complete the relocation work very soon and continue to work on the ultimate clean-up of the area. 

“As the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I am committed to continue fighting for Oklahoma’s and our nation’s priorities during the next Administration.  Some of my top concerns with the EPA include their managing of the Superfund program sites.  For example, Tronox, an Oklahoma company, has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to its legacy liabilities as the EPA is suing Tronox for the cleanup costs at the Federal Creosote Site in Manville, New Jersey.  This Superfund site is a prime example of the kind of federal mismanagement that must end.” 


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