WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.), a Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, today welcomed developments within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Housing and Urban Development Administration (HUD) working to immediately address the concerns of Governor Henry and Senator Inhofe regarding news that children were moving back into the Tar Creek area.

Senator Inhofe: “After expressing my concerns to the federal agencies involved in Tar Creek over the issue of people moving back into the area, I am pleased to see the EPA and HUD quickly coordinating their efforts.  Governor Henry, Congressman Boren, and I have long worked to bring relief to the residents in the Tar Creek area and we remain committed towards its final clean up.  Just as we have worked to bring state and federal agencies together on this in the past, we will do so again this time.”

Congressman Boren:  “I am pleased these federal agencies have investigated this matter, and they are moving toward a resolution as quickly as possible.  I am in full agreement with both Governor Henry and Senator Inhofe that children should have never been allowed back into this area.  My office stands ready to work with Senator Inhofe, Governor Henry, and federal officials to determine the best possible solution to this issue.”