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Land Protection Division
Tar Creek Section

Contact: Dustin Davidson at 405-702-5100

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These pages last modified December 21, 2018

Tar Creek Ruins

Tar Creek Facts (For more detailed information, click the link above.)

The Tar Creek Superfund Site is part of the Tri-State Mining District, which includes northeastern Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas, and southwestern Missouri. The site originally produced lead and zinc to make bullets during both World Wars. Mining waste, known locally as “chat,” was left on the surface of the site when mining operations ceased in the 1970s. Chat contains lead, zinc, and cadmium. People should avoid contact with chat. Cleanup of the over 30 million tons of chat is continuing at the Tar Creek Superfund Site.

Ottawa County residents should be aware of:

Chat use restrictions: Do not use chat for residential uses, such as in your driveway, yard, or garden.

Chat safety: Do not allow children to play in areas with chat.

Free yard testing: If you suspect that your yard in Ottawa County may have contamination from chat, please contact DEQ's toll free Hotline at 1-800-522-0206 to get your yard tested.

Free child blood lead testing: The Ottawa County Health Department's Lead Poisioning Prevention Program provides free lead testing for children six months through six years of age.

Fish consumption guidelines: Limit fish consumption, since lead concentrates in the food chain.

For more detailed information, click the link at the top of the page.

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