Children the worst victims of lead poisoning
October 10, 2010
Developmental delays, anemia and irreversible neurological and kidney damage are a few of the health problems for children exposed to high levels of lead and heavy metals associated with some Superfund sites. Read More
Superfund sites grow as money dwindles
October 10, 2010
Nationally, 23 sites were added to the Superfund list of the most hazardous contaminated sites. Only eight were cleared. Funding has has fallen since the end of a tax on energy companies. Read More
Cleanup is slow process for Oklahoma sites
October 10, 2010
ARDMORE — The backhoes and the white Environmental Protection Agency mobile home are gone.
For the most part, the Imperial Refinery Company Superfund site in Ardmore is quiet now.
Though it is still on the National Priorities List, the Imperial Refinery site has reached the “construction complete”... Read More
Tar Creek settlement approved
June 23, 2010
Special board approves $366,282 settlement to two companies that did demolition and cleanup work at the EPA Superfund site. Work was halted when it was determined the trust overseeing the work made a technical Open Meeting Act violation. Read More
Tar Creek trust ruling has contractors at odds
May 07, 2010
The owner of a demolition business said Thursday he__8217__s not sure if he will submit a second bid on a project after a ruling found members of a Tar Creek trust had violated the state__8217__s Open Meeting Act. Rogers County District Judge Dwayne Steidley ruled Wednesday the Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation... Read More
Tar Creek buyouts create ghost town
March 14, 2010
PICHER — As the final residents prepare to move out of Picher, vandals move in with little fear of police, an official said. Picher is a former mining town at the center of the Tar Creek Superfund site, a 40-square-mile area polluted by decades of lead and zinc mining. An Army Corps of Engineering study in... Read More
Picher's city offices to close today
September 01, 2009
PICHER, Okla. (AP) — City offices in the mining-scarred town of Picher are set to close Tuesday, as most of the final few-dozen residents left make plans to leave the blighted area. Shuttering City Hall will mostly be a formality, since the northeastern Oklahoma town has been fading for months. The schools... Read More
Some of Picher’s holdouts concede it’s time to move on
August 01, 2009
PICHER — Two years ago, Orval "Hoppy” Ray vowed it would take someone meaner than him to make him leave the town where he was born. But now the crusty, 84-year-old former miner is moving out, leaving behind a blighted, ghostly landscape, its soil, water and air poisoned by generations of lead-ore... Read More
Sen. Jim Inhofe has Picher's stimulus funds frozen
July 09, 2009
TULSA — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma says he has placed a hold on federal stimulus funds directed toward a housing authority in Picher, a fading mining town located in a Superfund area.
State and federal buyouts of Picher residents in recent years have dwindled its population. The town is part of a... Read More
In school auction, who’ll catch Picher gorilla statue?
June 10, 2009
PICHER — A concrete statue of the high school mascot is among the thousands of items from the Picher-Cardin School District that will be auctioned on Sunday. The 90-year-old school district graduated its final class of seniors in May, and it now will be absorbed by the Commerce and Quapaw districts. Trophies,... Read More
Concrete gorilla statue to be auctioned Sunday at Picher school
June 09, 2009
PICHER -- A concrete statue of the school mascot is among the thousands of items from the Picher-Cardin School District that will be auctioned on Sunday. The 90-year-old school district graduated its final class of seniors last month and will be absorbed by the Commerce and Quapaw districts.
Trophies, lockers,... Read More
Picher tornado accelerated plans to board up Superfund site
May 10, 2009
PICHER — One year after a tornado ripped through Picher, destroying one-third of an already dwindling Tar Creek community, a town official said there will be no memorial service or marker remembering the seven people who died that day. "Most people are just trying to go on and put it behind them as... Read More
Historic building in Picher collapses
May 04, 2009
PICHER – A decades-old building that was part of the original mining community partially collapsed overnight, city officials said this morning.
The collapse was apparently not related to any old mining activities or weather problems but simply due to the age of the building, a spokeswoman at city hall said.... Read More
Final graduation set for Picher-Cardin schools
April 24, 2009
TULSA — Picher-Cardin Schools will graduate a final class of 11 next month, as the last residents leave an area of northeastern Oklahoma ravaged by decades of lead and zinc mining and a deadly tornado.
There are only 49 students left in grades three through 12, whittled from several hundred a few years ago. In... Read More
Tar Creek community of Cardin to close down
April 17, 2009
PICHER - The community of Cardin is expected to be the first town in the Tar Creek Superfund site to close down.
The water is expected to be shut off in about a month, said Larry Roberts, Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust operations manager.
“There are seven occupied residences at this... Read More