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Status of the state's Tar Creek buyout program

Families in the Tar Creek Superfund site are closer than ever to moving. Governor Brad Henry's $5-million buyout is moving full-steam ahead.

About sixty families with children ages six-and-under applied for relocation assistance and most have accepted the state's offers, based on appraisals of homes in similar-sized towns. Once a family accepts the buyout, they’ll have 90 days to find a home in a community outside the superfund site.

More than $2-million in checks could start going out to families in Picher and Cardin as early as May.

Purchase prices range from about $17,000 to more than $220,000, at an average of $48,000 per household. The federal government's $100-million project to remove lead-tainted dirt from yards cost an average of $71,000 per property.
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