Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. NPL Site

State TrusteeState of North Carolina
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
AO Bureau

Also Known As

Part of Tronox, LLC Bankruptcy

Incident Type



North Carolina

Case Status



Brunswick River, Sturgeon Creek


Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Financial Summary

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Case Description

The Kerr-McGee Chem Corp site is located within the city limits of Navassa, North Carolina, along the banks of Sturgeon Creek. The property consists of 242 acres; however, the total area used in the manufacturing process was approximately 100 acres along Navassa Road and Sturgeon Creek. The site is currently unoccupied.

The Kerr-McGee Chem Corp site was operated as a wood treating facility from 1936 until 1974. Dried lumber was pressure treated with a creosote solution. The creosote was stored in above-ground tanks, and treated lumber was stored outside until dry. The wood treatment process generated wastewater which was treated onsite. A conjoined pair of unlined settling ponds was used to separate and reclaim creosote. The site was dismantled in 1980. Creosote in the settling ponds was reclaimed, but creosote sludge from the ponds and product storage tanks was mixed with soil and disposed of back into the wastewater ponds.

Sturgeon Creek wetlands sediments are contaminated with creosote and creosote-related semi-volatile organic compounds, including polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. Sturgeon Creek is a fishery and creosote and creosote- related compounds are known to bioaccumulate in the food chain. Sturgeon Creek flows for approximately 0.5 miles before the confluence with the Brunswick River, and the Brunswick River joins with the Cape Fear River approximately 4 miles from the site. Sturgeon Creek, and the brackish Brunswick and Cape Fear estuaries, contain fisheries, extensive wetlands frontage and additional sensitive environments.

Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 MOA/MOU Agreement for Settlement Funds Managment 08/15/2012


 Restoration Scoping Document Scoping Document for Restoration Planning 08/04/2015


 Consent Decree Consent Decree (Tronox) 11/08/2010
 Consent Decree Order to Enter Consent Decree 11/22/2010


 Restoration Plan Final Restoration Plan  

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Case Trustees

AO Bureau
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
State TrusteeState of North Carolina

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