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KDHE orders salvage yard to change practices

Several neighbors in the Brook Creek neighborhood are upset about having a salvage yard near their homes. Neighbors Russ Wiggins, left, and Byron Wiley would like to see some changes at the 12th and Haskell Recycling Center.

Several neighbors in the Brook Creek neighborhood are upset about having a salvage yard near their homes. Neighbors Russ Wiggins, left, and Byron Wiley would like to see some changes at the 12th and Haskell Recycling Center.

February 9, 2010

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Changes ordered at salvage yard

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment ordered the salvage yard at 12th and Haskell to make immediate changes to the way it handled flammable fluids in junked cars. Complaints involving the salvage yard have been persistent since multiple fires have broken out. Enlarge video

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued an emergency order, forcing the 12th and Haskell Bargain Center to make immediate changes, after seven fires at the salvage yard since 2004.

The KDHE order states that owner Bo Killough must immediately “cease and desist activities that create a hazard and immediate danger to surrounding property and to public health and safety.”

Last week, residents in the Brook Creek Neighborhood, which is across the street from the recycling center and salvage yard, spoke out following a Jan. 27 fire that ignited six cars. They also complained to KDHE. The agency then sent investigators to the site.

KDHE found the operators of the salvage yard were not properly removing gasoline and other flammable liquids from vehicles before they were being crushed.

According to the emergency order, investigators found more than 200 salvage vehicles on the property at 1146 Haskell Ave. All of the 25 vehicles KDHE inspected still had intact fuel tanks. Sixty-five of 75 vehicles contained flammable automotive fluids.

Killough told KDHE inspectors that he was unaware that fluids needed to be removed from salvage vehicles prior to crushing.

The order states: “By failing to remove the gasoline and other automotive fluids prior to crushing, respondents have created an immediate danger and hazard to the surrounding properties and property owners from fires started at the facility.”

Investigators also found a pile of air conditioning units dumped at the salvage yard that still contained refrigerants. According to KDHE, refrigerants can create toxic gasses when exposed to fire.

KDHE ordered the operators of the recycling center to immediately begin inspecting all vehicles for fluids, remove all automotive fluids prior to crushing the cars and store the fluids in proper containers.

The salvage yard also must keep a detailed log book of vehicles crushed at the facility, including disposal receipts for fluids removed from those vehicles.

Neighbors of the facility had been asking for changes to be made, citing complaints about noise, trash and repeated fires at the facility.

The area is zoned residential, but the Lawrence Douglas County Planning Department has deemed the salvage yard to be a legal non-conforming use, since a business has been operating on that plot of land dating back to the early 1950s.

Comments

gccs14r 5 years, 6 months ago

"Killough told KDHE inspectors that he was unaware that fluids needed to be removed from salvage vehicles prior to crushing."

How does someone not know that? Even if you don't know it at first, the first time you crush a car and a bunch of toxic goo oozes out, you say, "We should probably empty that stuff out first." It's 2010, not 1849! Good grief! With that revelation, KDHE should take soil and water samples both on site and downstream to see how big of a mess these idiots made.

Charlie Sabotage 5 years, 6 months ago

I do believe maybe we should just think about letting Lawrence residents leave their junk cars and and random recyclables in their yards. That seems to be the better idea. So, yes they messed up by not emptying the fluids, but i'm sure they are taking the measures to do so now. This place does a service by taking the community's recyclables and disposing of them rather than them going to the dump. They also make sure that people have to a place to take scrap metal and get it out of the yard, so neighbors don't have that to complain about. With all doubts aside, i'm sure they will abide to satisfy the city and the residents in the area.

ralphralph 5 years, 6 months ago

Just because somebody has done something for a long time doesn't mean it should continue to be allowed. A junk yard doesn't belong in a residential neighborhood, but should be located in an industrial area. That said, many operators are cutting every corner they can cut, and the result is noxious fumes, groundwater and soil pollution, etc. Time to take it outside of the residential areas.

BorderRuffian 5 years, 6 months ago

Typical response by typical Larryvillians. Move in around something they then decide is repulsive to their finer sensibilities, then search out ways to force them out of business.

Did these people (the complainants) simply feel that since they moved in, the junk yard would cease to be, remove everything offensive to the finer perceptions of their new neighbors, and plant daisies and posies instead?

If ya don't like what you are moving in with, why not move somewhere else - like Leawood?

Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

This dump was not here previously.

It was an auto repair shop that was kept impeccable. There was far more green space in the storage lot than vehicles. Most vehicles it seemed were stored as "tow away stored vehicles".

The previous owners were not 'litter bugs" , They maintained the property beautifully,kept it mowed and the fence in excellent condition.

Yes the KDHE has warned him. However they will need to keep an eye on the place. The owner can plead ignorance but he does not give a damn.

I say it's time for the city to take over the place and make it a clean recycling venture.

windjammer 5 years, 6 months ago

Mr. oneeye what makes you think the city wants the property? If that is the case they could of refused the illegal permit and bought the property from Mr. Ray. Mr. Bo has been breaking the rules since the start. It is time for him to take his junk yard to his farm or back to Ottawa.

windjammer 5 years, 6 months ago

Mr. Border Ruffian you simply do not know what you are talking about. I've lived here for 35years and know several that have been here 40 to 50 years. Most that live around this toxic site were here before Mr. Bo. You need to have your facts correct before you speak.

windjammer 5 years, 6 months ago

Mr. oneeye your are just like the others. You read what you want into others posts. Not one word has been said about putting homes on that property. Mr Ray, Mr Bo and others have destroyed the land. And since you know so much you should know it is not zoned residental. Maybe you should stick to your baler rant.

blackfox 5 years, 6 months ago

Heck, east lawrence is just like a salvage yard. So why should the neighbors care? Has anyone looked at the houses and the cars?

blackfox 5 years, 6 months ago

There has been a salvage yard on the east side of the lot for years. Just not alot of people knew about it. So this is nothing new. With all these DUMB regulations, the price of used parts will just continue to go higher. If everyone is so worried about the earth, here is an idea. QUIT USING ETHANOL!

puddleglum 5 years, 6 months ago

yeah, you said it blackfox.

no more government regulation!

these guys should be allowed to burn whatever they want, it is their property! government off my property! who cares if I make toxic gas on my property? if You don't like it, move to leawood. or move to missouri, the land of muck. Don't tell me what to do on my land, if I want a bunch of flammable junk on my land, I can do whatever I want! and building codes? ya gotta be kiddin? so what if my office is a piece. if it collapses, it will only harm my customers, who are MY customers-not the gubberment's. They want to do business with me? why should someone else try to tell me what kind of handicapped hand rails and ramps I gotta have? leave me alone. pro-business pro-republican pro-lynn jenkins pro-brownback ( i don't want abortions on MY property!)

jumpin_catfish 5 years, 6 months ago

Dumb regulations: you mean like empty the gas tank before crushing?! Come on blackfox, you're kiddin' right? The government over regulates a lot of stuff but controlling hazardous material is not one of them.

Bladerunner 5 years, 6 months ago

Does east lawrence share a border with Arkansas? I'm sorry. I don't mean to insult Arkansas by comparing these idiots to them...but whoda thunk you'd have to remove fluids from vehicles before recycling them? I think the EPA or KDHE needs to take some soil samples and order clean up if appropriate. How could it not be?

MaryKatesPillStash 5 years, 6 months ago

Blackfox, those regulations are in place because the liquids that the operation conveniently didn't know they had to properly dispose of have been percolating through the soil for years. When it hits groundwater, it becomes EVERYONE'S problem. Suddenly, there's a plume under MY house.

steveguy 5 years, 6 months ago

blackfox must be from the west side of town. They think they are better than the people in east lawrence.

Steve Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Looks like someone is working towards a buy out.. terrece over again.

coolmarv 5 years, 6 months ago

Well yeah, people on the west side of town are better than the people in east lawrence. Duh. Darn, now everyone knows.

Kris_H 5 years, 6 months ago

There's an adjacent creek, right? Whatever is going into the ground is going into the creek, you can bet on it.

If you don't think it should be regulated I think you should take a big sweet drink from that creek, downstream.

Anybody feel like reporting this or anything else to the EPA, here's where, read then click the link for the form: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/violations.htm

brotherskeeper 5 years, 6 months ago

Congrats to Kevin Anderson for a really nice capture on a bad light day. Really cool picture.

ralphralph 5 years, 6 months ago

@ Smitty ... no mention of contamination or runoff ?

"... operators are cutting every corner they can cut, and the result is noxious fumes, groundwater and soil pollution, etc. "

Call me a dumbass when I'm being one ... there are plenty of chances.

gl0ck0wn3r 5 years, 6 months ago

Richard Heckler hates recycling and East Side businesses.

Steve Miller 5 years, 6 months ago

Erin would like to hear about this one LMAO !!!

cntrygrl 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm just wondering, Troll and the others that think East Lawrence is so awful, what exactly do you consider to be a junk car? I'm assuming that:

A: You probably live on the West side of Lawrence B: You drive a vehicle that is either a Hybrid or less than 2 years old C: You obviously have a good job because you can afford these things

I would absolutely LOVE to live in one of the big, beautiful homes on the East side, but that's not a possibility. My husband and I both work full time and are raising 3 children. We don't get assistance from anyone (before you decide to raise that stupid argument that has been beaten to DEATH). We have simply chosen to spend our money on food, electric, and water instead of nice fancy vehicles.

Both of our vehicles are 10 years old. Is that ok, or should I assume that those are also junk?

ally 5 years, 6 months ago

I love how some of the people posting here think east Lawrence is such terrible place to live and there's nothing but bums and broken down cars. I will be moving close to this so called recycling center soon and I will be sure to report any KDHE violations that I see. This article is about a public safety issue that has reached the breaking point and needs to be taken care of for the safety of everyone involved including the people that run the place. It's obvious the owners only care about making a quick buck and the safety of everyone else doesn't matter to them. I will be keeping an eye on them.

blackfox 5 years, 6 months ago

I agree, no one has taken the time to clean up the old KAw Motors location. Most of you local people dont even realize how many cars and trucks are buried there from the flood in 51. Guess what, they all had fuel and oil in them.

blackfox 5 years, 6 months ago

"justanothertroll", how do you figure that anything over 8 years old is junk?? Most of the vehicles, that are in proper running order, that are in the 90-93 year range get better mpg than the new ones do. Comparing same vehicle to vehicle.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 6 months ago

still had intact fuel tanks. Sixty-five of 75 vehicles contained flammable automotive fluids. Killough told KDHE inspectors that he was unaware that fluids needed to be removed from salvage vehicles prior to crushing. The order states: “By failing to remove the gasoline and other automotive fluids prior to crushing, respondents have created an immediate danger and hazard ---with seven fires, that we know of ... heck I dunno what the neighbors are complaining about, they're living next to a comedy action movie!

Bo could be played by Billy Bob Thornton!

[please note sarcasm!]

I'm wondering about this guy [Bo], after the first crusher fire, didn't he get a brainwave?

if he really is that stupid, maybe he shouldn't be licensed to operate a business. if he's lying, hen throw the book at him. problem solved.


and we see Merrill once again pushing for greenie fascism!

he believes there should be mandatory rolling blackouts to force electricity conservation.
he says that if we lived in caves it would be better for the environment.
*according to him, broken streets serve a useful function as passive traffic calming devices.

greenie fascism. private propertydoes not really exist.


careful there Puddleglum, you're starting to look like the liberal version of Barrypender, who is the conservative version of Logrithmic. Logie was kinda before your time but look him/it up.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 6 months ago

Killough: "I was unaware that fluids needed to be removed from salvage vehicles prior to crushing."

KDHE: "You know... we were going to tell you to clean things up 'ASAP'... but now we just want you to CLOSE. Today. You have no business even driving a car, let alone crushing one."

windjammer 5 years, 6 months ago

Mr. oneeye I'am suprised at you being the history buff you think you are. Your statement about the Rays keeping the place so clean. Who do you think forced Mr Ray to put up the green fence that now is around the toxic dump. It was the neighbors that were tired of looking at his piles of junk cars. He did nothing witout being forced to. Might be a good idea if you were to stick with the Walmart baler. That you seem to know alot about.

kansasmutt 5 years, 6 months ago

Things must have changed. I know when i was down at this place a few years ago, i saw fluids in good plastic holding bins and things looked good. This sounds bad that fluids are being let run out on the ground. that is not acceptable to anyone in my book. Needs to be ran right and do it how you are supposed to do it or get out of it.

windjammer 5 years, 6 months ago

Mr oneeye is ther anything in Lawrence that meets your expectations? Dang I wish Mr Bo could get a Baler. Do you think you could help him with all your knowledge? You da man.

yellowhouse 5 years, 6 months ago

Gasoline contamination is a concern all over Lawrence.

The Yellow House Store, 19th & Mass gets checked by KDHE once every 3 months.

They have to make sure the water is safe because of the buried gas tanks in the front parking lot.

Gasoline contamination is a major concern all over Lawrence.

windjammer 5 years, 6 months ago

Why are buried gas tanks in front of the store? That is very much against the rules set forth by KDHE. Any unused tanks must be removed. I would say contact the fire marshal and he will take care of the problem for you. I speak from experience as I forced two tanks to be removed in my block.

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