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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.

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windjammer 4 years, 2 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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yellowhouse 4 years, 2 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.

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windjammer 4 years, 2 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.

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smitty 4 years, 2 months ago

ralphralph, sorry about that, my knee jerked with all the yadda yadda yadda.

The contamination is such an obvious detrimental effect on the environment that the KDHE and city need to get their act together.

In the Original article, even the Lawrence fire department was quoted that the number of fires for that type of business was not unusual, contrary to the KDHE findings.

If it were not for the activism by the neighbors, it appears there would not have been any action taken. What happened to the idea that we expect that our tax funded agencies perform their designated duties minus political pressures?

Bremby is a proven milquetoast. His agency follows his lead. BTW, how does an assist city manger get to be the head of a health and environment agency when it is his wife that has the experience in health? Democratic party politics during Sebelius term as governor?

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oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

neighbors calling the pot kettle or is it kettle pot. Or is it just another example of folks not liking where they live. this town sure has a lot of neighborhood groups with not very neighborly neighbors.

How come the League of Women Voters isn't involved in this.

Makes no difference, the city will own the property, clean it up and then what?

What if BO cleans up the place to the satisfaction of the neighbors, they will then again complain just as some did about Haley Pest control. Something about too many vehicles coming and going.

Kinda like too many unrelated peoples in a house but ok for too many unrelated dogs in a yard, fenced in.

Lawrence is one big unhappy community, it really is. It is the laughing stock of western kansas and folks in Johnson county drive to Lawrence to go "slumming' as it used to be called.

Baler for Walmart, no one cares, let the city throw it's money around. Next FREE containers from the city for the recyclers in town, when will Michelle Obama arrive with the free healthy food for the obese people in town. She will get this country straightened out.

I doubt if BO really cares if he is shut down, but plenty of folks in town will, since they have no place to sell scrap metal, recycle.

NO one ever complained that I know of about Shorty Cohen when he ran his junkyard. Of course, most around don't even remember him or what he did for Lawrence. The town was too busy worrying about a war overseas. Now they are too busy watching TV and worrying about their neighbors and how many cats they have, how many cars are in the driveway, how many dogs they have and whether they can go to the Farmer''s market.

What about the runoff from the gas stations around town?

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kansasmutt 4 years, 2 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.

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windjammer 4 years, 2 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.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 2 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."

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oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

Wonder if merrill could get appointed to a traffic safety commission in a real city. Lawrence is an experiment. It's transportation system is an experiment. It's neighborhood groups are experiments to see what neighborhood can be the worst. They are not friendly, nor do they even recognize who their membership is. Not only that, the city doesn't even know who the members are. That is certainly strange for a governing body to be that inept and handing out money.

Then we have those who complain about BO. What if the city started citing owners of all property along Haskell for blight. After all, it only takes a complaint and the city has to follow up.

It really makes no difference because eventually 12th and Haskell will just become more city owned property. Taken off the tax rolls and then the city will repaint that god awful ugly mural off the front of the building. Then the city can start citing the surrounding properties for being a blight to the city owned property aka 12th and Haskell.

It should make some mighty fine lots for Habitat for Humanity,it is zoned residential!

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 2 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.

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cntrygrl 4 years, 2 months ago

Troll -

You are an absolute idiot.

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blackfox 4 years, 2 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.

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justanothertroll 4 years, 2 months ago

yes, anything over 8 years old is junk, 5 years if it wasnt the top of the line model

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blackfox 4 years, 2 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.

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ally 4 years, 2 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.

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cntrygrl 4 years, 2 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?

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macon47 4 years, 2 months ago

i always enjoy the annual home tour in that particular neighborhood

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Steve Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

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

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xfactor 4 years, 2 months ago

That's quite an impressive photo.

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gl0ck0wn3r 4 years, 2 months ago

Richard Heckler hates recycling and East Side businesses.

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ralphralph 4 years, 2 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.

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brotherskeeper 4 years, 2 months ago

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

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Kris_H 4 years, 2 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

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coolmarv 4 years, 2 months ago

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

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Steve Miller 4 years, 2 months ago

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

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steveguy 4 years, 2 months ago

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

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MaryKatesPillStash 4 years, 2 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.

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oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

justanothertroll, you really are not serious are you? you mean those cars in the dilapidated garages with the tree growing thru the roof? check out the alleys in Oread, bet there are plenty of cars behind those houses as well, that are not tagged and non operable. but then another ordinance would have to be written to decide how many "unrelated vehicles' may be on a property and of course the lot size would determine the number of cars as well.

The city is too busy worrying about folks shoveling walks, when a walk does not exist,too busy buying now buying recycling containers for private business and a baler for Walmart.

Maybe the city should buy BO some gravel to cover up the mud, maybe the city should redesign 12th street so it is lower than the buildings around it, but then it could not drain either.

What about all of the grease going into the alley from restaurants in that block where KInko's is. That is polluting the river.

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couranna1 4 years, 2 months ago

if it zoned residential boot them out. Plus if they do not know to take out the flammable liquid then they are too dumb to own it

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justanothertroll 4 years, 2 months ago

The KDHE should a visit to about 96% of east lawrence with all of the junk cars around

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oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

What about the old Kaw Motor site? No one is complaining about it. What about the city garages with runoff into the creek and then to the river. Gotta save that river. What about the old tires in North Lawrence stacked up behind the area near the former Harley site. Talk about hazard,mosquitoes all over the place.

Blame the Ray's now. Where was all the outcry when that family had the property? They actually cleaned up the area and it looked more presentable than the properties around. How come in Lawrence no one likes their neighbors?

This town is not only business unfriendly, it is not neighbor friendly, and the city promotes that by not putting the money needed into the five target neighborhoods, but instead takes money from them for pet city projects.

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Bladerunner 4 years, 2 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?

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oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

It is zoned residential. It is presently a non conforming use, just as the whackos in Oread who live in a house that they call "single family" which are in multi family zoning. They are living in "non conforming" structures.

windjammer, you might try reading the last paragraph of the article. The city has NOT rezoned the property, it is still "residential". take your argument up with Planning and Development. The neighbors would be smart to have entire blocks rezoned light industrial so when they sell they will get a better price.

Ignorance is rampant in Lawrence.

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jumpin_catfish 4 years, 2 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.

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puddleglum 4 years, 2 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!)

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blackfox 4 years, 2 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!

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blackfox 4 years, 2 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?

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smitty 4 years, 2 months ago

Not one mention of the soil and run off contamination caused by the fluids. That's our city, that's our KDHE, that' our forum. Dumb a$$e&, all.

KDHE, ran by a past assistant city manager of Lawrence, Rod Bremby.

http://www.kdheks.gov/

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windjammer 4 years, 2 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.

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oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

Mr. Oneeye will still believe that the city would buy the property. The Ray's were not ready to sell that property. Apparently no one remembers the Rays' sold their home to the west, it was removed and now is part of the creek. The Ray's owne other property around there and sold it.

Does Windjammer really believe that someone would buy the Killough property and put houses on it because it is zoned residential? Probably in Lawrrence someone would live there.

Now here's an idea. Maybe Loring Henderson would like that corner for the shelter, since the land backs up to a campsite for homeless. After all, that's how people got onto the property at night and shoved batteries under the fence and gate only to turn around and sell them back the next day, but they got caught. Now if the homeless shelter were there, the scales could be left and the selling of crutches and walkers could be accomodated to make money for more beer.

This is just another attempt by a neighborhood group taking the wrong approach to a problem. Where is the outcry for the city buying WalMart a baler? All of these anti walmart hippies must have missed that deal the city pulled off.

Everyone has forgotten what the site looked like and how many years Bill Ray and his Dad spent cleaning it up and fixing the place. They could have done nothing.

What kind of planning department in a city would have that corner zoned residential anyway> Talk about dumb meeting dumb, that's about as dumb as planning can be.

Ok, here's a deal. Shut the place down. The city cleans it up and then the City Neighborhood Resources Dept can starting citing every property within two blocks of it for blight, old cars, dead trees, cracked foundations,. More there are some real homesteads on Haskell.

It's just easier to pick on BO because he has something no one else has. He has something to pawn off on the city and he will.

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blue73harley 4 years, 2 months ago

The previous junkyard was hardly "immpecable" but it was truly a junkyard (or car salvage yard), not a recycling center. A lot more trash (aka recycling) goes through the place now.

I agree that the owner is just playing dumb about not knowing that he had to empty fluids. That is just common sense.

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thebcman 4 years, 2 months ago

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

Jeez .. it's a wonder this idiot is able to clothe and feed himself. With this level of stupidity, he could be governor of missouri.

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windjammer 4 years, 2 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.

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windjammer 4 years, 2 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.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 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.

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oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

That "junkyard" is not in a residential neighborhood anymore than the city public works buildlings around it. A residential neighborhood, if you can call it that, is to the south of the "junkyard"

And so, we become closer to Mr. Killough selling the property to the city just as the Ray's did west and north. and the city will take the building over and voila the city is in the recycling center business de facto.

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macon47 4 years, 2 months ago

once the site is cleaned up i hope the home tours return to the neighborhood it is a specail part of town

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BorderRuffian 4 years, 2 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?

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ralphralph 4 years, 2 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.

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Charlie Sabotage 4 years, 2 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.

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gccs14r 4 years, 2 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.

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