Trust Manager Says Buyout Offers Too Low


Friday, June 22nd 2007, 8:03 am
By: News On 6


PICHER, Okla. (AP) -- The head of a trust overseeing the federal buyout of homes in the Tar Creek Superfund area of northeast Oklahoma is quitting. Sonya Harris says the offers to Ottawa County homeowners are too low and that officials in the office of the state's Environmental Secretary are undermining the work of the trust.

The area is polluted by lead and zinc from decades of mining. Children in the region have repeatedly tested high for dangerous levels of lead in their blood.

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