The ITEC Superfund Program can provide non-emergency evaluation of a site on behalf of an ITEC-Member Tribe only if the following three criteria are met:
1. Hazardous waste (as defined in CERCLA) is known or suspected to be present on site.
2. The site, such as an industrial facility, is abandoned or inactive.
3. Wastes on the site are impacting, or have the potential to impact, tribal lands or tribal populations.
ITEC has evaluated 256 potentially hazardous waste sites under the Superfund Program which could impact member tribes and their lands. The sites were located on or near trust lands within tribes' jurisdictional boundaries. In addition, approximately $494,829 has been allocated to the ITEC member tribes for environmental training and site discovery reimbursements.
ITEC provides technical management assistance to member tribes for the following Superfund sites:
· Tar Creek in Ottawa County
· Tulsa Fuel & Manufacturing near Collinsville
· Basin Refinery in Okmulgee
· Hudson Refinery in Cushing
· Oklahoma Refining Company near Lawton
- Osage Power Plant in Ponca City
In 2002 the Superfund Program completed its work on two Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) projects on lands of the Quapaw Tribe. The lands included in the projects are impacted by lead-zinc mining wastes of the Tar Creek Superfund Site. The Superfund Program completed a Remedial Investigation (RI) of an abandoned industrial property in the town of Cardin. The RI characterized metal contamination in soil and on the property. The Superfund Program also completed an RI/FS Work Plan for the Beaver Creek watershed. The Work Plan provides a blueprint for evaluating the impacts of a variety of mine wastes on the resources of Beaver Creek and on the health of tribal members who use those resources.