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Westar razing plant to create a landfill

February 23, 2007

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The former Callery Chemical Co. site along North Iowa Street will be used by Westar Energy to dump ash and other byproducts from the coal-burning Lawrence Energy Center.

The former Callery Chemical Co. site along North Iowa Street will be used by Westar Energy to dump ash and other byproducts from the coal-burning Lawrence Energy Center.

Work is under way to turn a former rocket-fuel plant into a repository for leftovers from the coal-burning Lawrence Energy Center.

Contractors hired by Westar Energy are busy clearing portions of the site of the former Callery Chemical Co., along North Iowa Street at Lakeview Road. The demolition will be expected to continue for another couple of weeks, then allow for installation of infrastructure necessary to make the place a landfill for loads of fly ash, scrubber sludge and bottom ash from the nearby electricity-generating plant.

The site has been inactive for nearly 50 years. Callery had produced boron-based rocket fuel on the site for the Department of Defense, and the operation lasted only two or three years, said Tom Brown, who works in the environmental services group at Westar.

Some of the site's laboratory buildings will be retained, at least for a while, Brown said; the remainder of the plant will be razed.

The landfill should be ready to accept byproducts from the energy center by early next year, Brown said.

"We'll have an estimated life's use of a minimum of 30 years," he said.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 4 months ago

This plant should be decommissioned as soon as possible, but there's a big difference between the continued operation of a long-existing plant built long before the threat of global warming was known, and spending $billions on massive new plants that won't even supply energy to Kansas.

imastinker 8 years, 4 months ago

If you get your way Bozo - it's going to be a cold night for all of us. Good thing I've got a wood stove. It'll keep me warm until you change your mind and decide power plants are a necessity.

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