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Study confirms health dangers of Tar Creek
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2003

Homes near the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeastern Oklahoma are contaminated with unsafe levels of lead, according to research from the University of Oklahoma.

Acting on behalf of several tribes who have formed the Tribal Effort Against Lead committee, the researchers measured how quickly homes are contaminated by dust that contains lead. More than half of the homes tested showed unsafe levels.

The Tar Creek site contains 70 million tons of mine waste. The Quapaw Tribe is most affected.

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Study examines lead in Tar Creek dust (AP 3/19)

Relevant Links:
Tar Creek Information Site - http://www.tarcreek.org
Tar Creek, State of Oklahoma - http://www.deq.state.ok.us/LPDnew/Tarcreek
Tar Creek Site, EPA - http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/rodsites/0601269.htm

Related Stories:
Okla. governor threatens suit over waste cleanup (02/26)
White House to release Tar Creek study (09/13)
Okla. adds waste clean up official (8/27)
EPA removing Tar Creek employee (8/15)
Senate panel questions Superfund status (8/1)
EPA changes mind on Superfund funds (7/22)
Bush cutting cleanup funds for Okla. site (7/2)
EPA criticized for Superfund cuts (7/2)
EPA cleanup funds being slashed (7/1)
Tar Creek mold confirmed (4/23)
Head of EPA urged to visit Okla. site (9/11)
BIA aiding cleanup of Okla. site (9/7)
End of mine waste moratorium praised (8/30)
Sale of mine waste cleared for Okla. Tribe (8/22)

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