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Health clinic opens in Henryetta.

Byline: Journal Record Staff

HENRYETTA East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center has opened on the site of a former zinc smelter in Henryetta.

The community health center will provide primary health, dental health and behavioral health care services.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the city of Henryetta to open the health center on the former Eagle-Picher zinc smelter in Henryetta.

"EPA, ODEQ, and the city of Henryetta have worked for many years to transform this site from a burden on the community into an asset for the whole region," said EPA Regional Administrator Anne Idsal.

DEQ Executive Director Scott Thompson said he spent a few years working to initiate the cleanup of the former smelter site.

"The restoration and redevelopment of this property has turned it into an asset for Henryetta and the surrounding communities, and all of us at ODEQ are proud of what has been accomplished," Thompson said.

The Eagle-Picher Mining and Smelting company donated the smelter property to the city of Henryetta in 1974. Unaware of metals contamination in the waste piles, the city used soil from the site as fill material at neighborhoods, schools and parks across the community.

The EPA partnered with ODEQ for the extensive cleanup, making sure the final remedy was compatible with the community's goals for reusing the formerly contaminated areas.

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Publication:Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
Date:Oct 30, 2018
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