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Feds change Tar Creek status

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The Environmental Protection Agency recently heralded removal of the Tar Creek Superfund Site from its Administrators Emphasis List as a location that has reached "important milestones," but a local watchdog group is less enthused.

"To me it says 'let’s not get in a hurry, we’re doing enough,'" said Rebecca Jim, executive director of Miami-based Local Environmental Action Demanded Agency and an advocate with decades of experience. "I had really hoped that this thing could be done before I’m 100 years old. At this rate it won’t."

Removal from the list follows release of a draft strategic plan for Tar Creek in early March that the EPA satisfies "two major milestones." One was the identification of opportunities to accelerate site cleanup and another solidified agreements between EPA Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Quapaw Nation on cleanup efforts.

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