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Airport Contamination Update Planned

KSAL Staff - September 20, 2015 7:54 am


Officials will give an update later this week on the status of contamination cleanup in the Salina Airport industrial area.

According to the City of Salina, public entities including the City, Salina Airport Authority, Salina USD 305 and Kansas State University Salinawill hold a public meeting to discuss the status of the former Schilling Air Force Base environmental cleanup project on Friday.

At issue is contamination, things like solvents that have seeped into the ground, left behind when the Air Force vacated the base. The area is now the Salina Regional Airport. The main concern is two large underground plumes of contamination, one in the north part of the Airport Industrial Area, and another on the south end. A large plume of the solvent trichloroethylene, or TCE, is in the groundwater and soil. TCE at the time was used as an industrial solvent and has since been classified as a human carcinogen.

The Dragun Corporation has been working on a remedial investigation, feasibility study and corrective action decision. The first phase of that investigation began back in June of 2014.

At the meeting, Dragun will provide a summary of work that has been completed and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide comments and answer questions.

The public is welcome to attend. The meeting will be Friday morning at 9:00 in room 107 of the Salina City-County Building.



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