US Senator Don Nickles considers options for Tar Creek residents

Wednesday, July 2nd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Miami-AP) -- An Oklahoma US Senator says he won't rule out buying out residents of the Tar Creek Superfund Site.

Senator Don Nickles also says he thinks all the options for helping residents of Picher and Cardin need to stay on the table. That includes a cleanup plan proposed by Senator Jim Inhofe.

Nickles met with supporters and opponents of the buyout plan Wednesday in Miami.

He says one thing is clear -- the money used so far to clean up contaminated yards was not well spent.

Nickles says no one lives at some of the cleaned properties in the former mining area. And some residents have complained that shoddy cleanup damaged their homes.