Congressman Brad Carson concerned about langauge in Tar Creek voluntary relocation program

Monday, May 12th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Washington-AP) -- US Representative Brad Carson wants to know why a federal report on the Tar Creek Superfund Site that endorsed a voluntary relocation program was changed.

A draft of the report dated August 2002 said the technical team favored the voluntary relocation of a number of residents, but the April 2003 version says the team favors a voluntary relocation if the goal is to create a resource area.

Carson met with three Environmental Protection Agency officials but says he didn't get a good explanation as to why the language was changed.

Later this week Carson is expected to submit a formal request for an inspector general's investigation to determine why the changes were made, who made them and when.

Carson is the only member of Oklahoma's congressional delegation to express support for the voluntary relocation residents of Cardin and Picher, which are located at the Superfund Site.