www.mozilla.com Weather Central

Wichita, Winfield firms selected to pitch their plans at area investor conference -9/15/2014, 4:43 PM

Wichita hires new director for parks department -9/15/2014, 4:43 PM

Trans-Siberian Orchestra to return to Intrust Bank Arena on Dec. 5 -9/15/2014, 4:43 PM

Suspect in custody after stabbing near Harry and Rock -9/15/2014, 4:43 PM

Stephen King to speak at Wichita's Hughes Metroplex on Nov. 14 -9/15/2014, 4:43 PM

ICM signs agreements to manage ethanol plants -9/15/2014, 4:43 PM

Bull riders coming to Kansas Star Arena -9/15/2014, 4:43 PM

myTown Calendar

[var top_story_head]

Feds OK Kansas Air Force base cleanup settlement

Published on -3/26/2013, 2:52 PM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The federal government has agreed to pay 90 percent of the cost of developing a plan to clean up toxic groundwater pollution at a former U.S. Air Force base in central Kansas, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

The Department of Justice has signed a settlement agreement that requires the government to pay $8.4 million toward developing the plan to clean up the industrial solvent TCE at the former Schilling Air Force Base in Salina, according to the documents. Payment for implementing the cleanup plan hasn't yet been negotiated.

Salina officials previously had signed off on the first phase of the settlement agreement, which still requires U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia's approval before it becomes final.

TCE, now a known carcinogen, had been used to clean weapons at military bases like Schilling, which Salina acquired when the base closed in the mid-1960s. Salina officials, the Salina Airport Authority, the Salina school district and Kansas State University-Salina filed a federal lawsuit in Kansas City, Kan., in 2010 to recoup the cost of cleaning up the pollution. The cleanup previously had been the federal government's jurisdiction.

Salina officials said in the lawsuit that the TCE and other compounds have "migrated into the soils" under residential areas near the former base.

The steps in the first phase include a remedial investigation, a feasibility study and a cleanup remedy, which are estimated to about $9.3 million all together. The Salina public entities in the case will pay about $936,300. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is expected to oversee the cleanup process and approve the remediation plan.

The Salina Airport Authority says on its website that the cleanup project will have its own website so area residents can monitor its progress.

digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos