Feds OK Phase 1 Of Salina Cleanup Settlement

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The federal government has agreed to a settlement requiring it to pay 90 percent of the costs for devising a plan to clean up groundwater pollution at a former U.S. Air Force base in central Kansas.

Court documents filed Tuesday show the Department of Justice has approved the settlement that requires the government to pay $8.4 million toward developing a plan to clean up the industrial solvent TCE at the former Schilling Air Force Base in Salina. TCE, now a known carcinogen, was used to clean weapons at military bases.

Several Salina entities, including the Salina Airport Authority, had already approved the first-phase settlement plan, which still requires approval of the federal judge in Kansas hearing the case.

Payment for implementing the cleanup plan hasn't been negotiated yet.

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