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EPA orders KDOT to correct stormwater runoff violations at U.S. Highway 59 construction site

Looking south from the Wells Overlook tower, this photograph from May 2010 shows construction on a stretch of the new U.S. Highway 59. This area is on Pleasant Grove Hill, south of County Road 458 and east of the current U.S. 59.

Looking south from the Wells Overlook tower, this photograph from May 2010 shows construction on a stretch of the new U.S. Highway 59. This area is on Pleasant Grove Hill, south of County Road 458 and east of the current U.S. 59.

December 3, 2010

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The EPA announced Friday it has ordered the Kansas Department of Transportation to correct violations in controlling stormwater runoff on the U.S. Highway 59 construction site in Douglas and Franklin counties.

The EPA administrative compliance order noted a series of violations by the KDOT after an on-site inspection in August.

“EPA’s inspection of the U.S. Highway 59 site found numerous areas where sediment control was inadequate or altogether lacking,” the agency said in a news release from its regional office in Kansas City, Kan. “Several areas lacked silt fencing, berms or other equivalent means of controlling sediment moved by stormwater runoff.”

Along the 59 project, stormwater, snow melt, drainage, and runoff carries sediment and contaminants into tributaries of the West Fork of Tauy Creek and the Wakarusa River, the EPA said.

The EPA has given KDOT 30 days to submit a report detailing specific actions it has taken to correct the violations.

Stormwater runoff from construction sites can harm the environment and cause water quality problems by depositing sediment and picking up debris, pesticides, petroleum residues, chemicals, solvents, asphalts and acids, the EPA said.

Shortly after the inspection, the EPA gave KDOT a preliminary notice of violation. The EPA order means KDOT needs to do more to get into compliance with the construction permit that was issued for the project in 2007 by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Construction began in spring 2007 on the $240 million project between Lawrence and Ottawa. The project has entailed widening the two-lane road to four lanes and is expected to be completed next year.

Comments

gilly 3 years, 4 months ago

It's nice to see the EPA doing its job.

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tunahelper 3 years, 4 months ago

I can't wait for the new Congress to finally put a leash on the out-of-control EPA.

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50YearResident 3 years, 4 months ago

I think the newspaper could have provided a better picture for the story than this one taken in May, 2010. This is December and the project has been improved for 8 months. The area in the photo doesn't look anything like the photo. Update the pictures before complaining how bad the water runoff is.

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 4 months ago

It's always amusing to see one level of government go after another, as opposed to going after you or I!!

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doc1 3 years, 4 months ago

Fragile Wetlands? I hardly believe that considering it's more than 90% man made.

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bobberboy 3 years, 4 months ago

is that the highway they've been pi$$ing money away on for years now ?

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Stacy Napier 3 years, 4 months ago

Fragile wetlands, Haha. China is kicking our butts, As a nation we used to have the largest dam, tallest building, etc. We are second in everything except goverment regulates.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 4 months ago

But KDOT is going to be able to safely plow a highway through fragile wetlands? Yea, right.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 4 months ago

Why, again, is China kicking our arse? ... oh, yeah.

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