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Solicitation for Property Improvement Project
Please contact the Oklahoma State Department of Central Services for information regarding the LICRAT Property Improvement project at Tar Creek - (405) 522-2112. For more information you may click here.
Lead and zinc mining started in Peoria in 1891 near Peoria OK and lead the U.S. in production. From 1907 - 1947 more than 1.9 MM tons were mined at a value over $ 202 Million. Mines began closing in 1958. 1.7 MM tons of lead and 8.8 MM tons of Zinc were produced by the time the last mine, Eagle-Picher closed in 1970. Left behind were 300 miles of tunnels, 165 MM tons of tailings, and acid mine drainage. Tar Creek was added to the National Priority List in 1983 as the highest ranking site. Originally considered ground and surface water contamination, project was expanded to include elevate blood lead levels. The project area encompasses 40 sq. miles and includes the communities of Picher, Cardin, Quapaw, Commerce, and north Miami, OK.
In the early 1980s water quality issues were addressed by diverting surface water from shafts, plugging bore holes and improperly sealed wells but were ultimately unsuccessful at stopping acid mine drainage.
In 1990s EPA began surface clean-up of soil and driveways of 1,537 homes with a proposed 500-600 more.
*From "Governor Keating's Task Force Presentation (2000) - see slide show (6.6 MB)
Lead-Impacted Communities Trust
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Tar Creek News
* Solicitation for Property Demolition [View]
* 1st Tar Creek Property Clearance Contract (executed February 11, 2008) [PDF]
* Finding of No Significant Impact - Demolition of Structures and Associated Activities [View]
* Priority 1 Address List Revised October 2006 [PDF 261Kb]
* Senate Bill 1463: Relocation Assistance Act [PDF 592Kb]
* Boundary Map: Relocation Assistance Zone [PDF 539Kb]
* Picher Mining Field Subsidence Evaluation Report, January 2006 [PDF 2.4Mb]