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Storage tanks at Farmland plant about to be removed

Work crews remove a 100-foot-long, rust colored storage tank that sat adjacent to Kansas Highway 10 at the former Farmland Industries nitrogen plant. Three of the 50-ton units were loaded onto flatbed trailers and will be taken to Texas.

Work crews remove a 100-foot-long, rust colored storage tank that sat adjacent to Kansas Highway 10 at the former Farmland Industries nitrogen plant. Three of the 50-ton units were loaded onto flatbed trailers and will be taken to Texas.

April 13, 2010

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Farmland tanks on the move

Three large CO2 tanks are on their way out of the east Lawrence industrial site. The tanks have not been used in years. Enlarge video

A longtime sight for motorists entering and leaving Lawrence’s eastern edge soon will be no more.

Crews on Tuesday were removing three large tanks that have been a part of the former Farmland Industries fertilizer property for decades.

Kamyar Manesh, the administrator for the Farmland bankruptcy trust, said the tanks were being moved on behalf of Linde Industrial Gases. Workers on site said the tanks were being moved to another facility in the Houston area.

“The tanks were used to store excess CO2 from Farmland’s fertilizer operations,” Manesh said. “Since the plant has been shut down, they haven’t done anything. They’ve been here until a new home could be found for them.”

The cleanup comes as the city of Lawrence continues to work on a deal to take over ownership and cleanup responsibilities of the 467-acre property.

City commissioners last month directed staff members to finalize documents allowing the transaction to occur. Under the proposed deal, the city will receive $8.5 million from the Farmland bankruptcy trust in exchange for assuming liability to clean up the property.

Manesh said the tanks are expected to be on the road Wednesday. He said the tanks shouldn’t create traffic problems any more severe than a typical oversized load.

Manesh said two other large tanks — holding 6 million gallons and a 2 million gallons — will remain on the property. Those tanks store water that is pumped from the ground as part of the long-term cleanup of the property. The water, which is contaminated with nitrogen fertilizer, is piped to North Lawrence where it is used on sod farms and cropland, Manesh said.

Comments

budwhysir 5 years, 1 month ago

8.5 million? sounds like a good deal. I suppose clean up will only run around 20 million.

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 1 month ago

Removing those tanks is going to change the entire visual aesthetic of that area.

We ought to picket.

Christine Anderson 5 years, 1 month ago

Dear God, please don't let this stuff spill or leak on it's journey out of here....

hooligan01 5 years, 1 month ago

I'm pretty sure there is nothing in the tanks. I'm not sure of any heavy haul company that would move tanks with stuff in them.

ronwell_dobbs 5 years, 1 month ago

Dear God, please let millions of gallons from these tanks spill onto the wasteland that is Texas and render it uninhabitable for billions of years. This I pray.

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