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Meeting set for Treece residents

June 3, 2010

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A public meeting on the relocation of residents from the southeast Kansas town of Treece will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. next Tuesday.

The meeting will be at the former city hall of Picher, Okla., at East First Street and U.S. Highway 69.

The meeting will be conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Representatives of the agencies will be available to answer questions from residents and business owners regarding the voluntary relocation assistance efforts for Treece.

Treece, which has about 100 residents left, is being abandoned because of high levels of lead- and zinc-contaminated mine waste. Officials’ decision to move forward with relocating Treece residents came about after a series of stories by the Journal-World that focused attention on Treece’s plight. That series prompted the Kansas congressional delegation and the EPA to take up the community’s cause.

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