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BARAGA -- The Mining Impacts on Native Lands Film Series will feature Tar Creek, a film about the largest Superfund site in the U.S., at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in the Chippewa Room at the Ojibwa Casino in Baraga. The film is free and open to the public. People are welcome to bring a dish/snack to pass (optional) at 5 p.m. preceding the film.
Tar Creek, in northeastern Oklahoma, was once one of the largest lead and zinc mines in the world. It is now home to more than 40 square miles of environmental devastation: acid mine water in the creeks, stratospheric lead poisoning in the children, and sinkholes that melt backyards and ball fields. Now, almost 30 years after the site was designated for federal cleanup by the Superfund program, Tar Creek residents are still fighting for decontamination, environmental justice, and -- ultimately -- the buyout and relocation of their homes to safer ground.
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