Deadline extended of Tar Creek buyout

Friday, October 20th 2006, 9:17 am
By: News On 6

PICHER, Okla. (AP) -- The committee overseeing the buyout of land in the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeastern Oklahoma extended the deadline for applications so nine more could be accepted.

The Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust extended the deadline from September 30th to October 14th so it could accept the late applications. Trust members say the applications were not received before the deadline because of hospitalizations or problems with return addresses.

Officials say 879 applications for the federal buyout have been received.

The land in the area of Picher, Cardin and Hockerville is contaminated from years of lead and zinc mining.