Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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.