MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says an investigative audit of a Tar Creek trust authority is under way.
Jones told The Oklahoman the state Attorney General requested a probe of the Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Trust to see if there are possible infractions involving a contract awarded for cleanup work.
Jones says the audit is nearing completion and should be presented to the attorney general within a month.
Trust officials declined to comment about the audit's specifics.
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study showed the ground above abandoned lead and zinc mines in a 40-square-mile area known as the Tar Creek Superfund site had a high risk of cave-ins. Cardin, Hockerville and Picher are part of the site.
The trust oversaw the buyout of 878 homes and businesses.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com
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