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Agricultural groups oppose tighter restrictions on runoff into Kansas River

June 18, 2010

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Kansas municipal and agricultural groups announced Friday that they are diving into a fight between environmentalists and the EPA over regulation of runoff into the Kansas River and other rivers and streams.

Earlier this month, Friends of the Kaw filed notice that it will sue the EPA to force the federal agency to impose more stringent water quality standards. The notice starts a 60-day time period for negotiations. The EPA has declined to comment on the issue.

Kansas municipal and agriculture groups said they fear the EPA “will use the Friends of the Kaw action to impose extremely restrictive and scientifically unjustified nutrient regulations like the agency did in response to a similar lawsuit filed in Florida.”

The EPA’s action in Florida has caused controversy and will cost that state billions of dollars, said the groups, which includes the League of Kansas Municipalities, Kansas Corn Growers Association, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association and Kansas Cooperative Council.

“The citizens and agribusinesses (large and small) of Kansas cannot and will not allow similar arbitrary agency action to be imposed in Kansas. These groups cannot afford to have their resources (public and private) expended in such a cavalier manner,” the groups wrote in a letter to the EPA.

Friends of the Kaw’s concern is pollution from excessive quantities of nutrients, including phosphorous and nitrogen. Most commonly, this comes from sewage and runoff from agriculture.

Comments

pace 3 years, 10 months ago

It is past time we quit using the river as a free unregulated chemical landfill. I don't want my drinking water wasted so agribusiness will have a artificially low overhead. I don't need to subsidize the profits of agribusiness with my or my kid's kidneys. I would rather pay true price of the produce at the pump.

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 10 months ago

One of the pollutants in the water below the Kaw River dam causes internal lesions in humans.

I believe it is beryllium. There is a long list provided by the EPA.

If you touch the water be sure to wash with a disinfectant. The water is not safe.

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RidgeRunner 3 years, 10 months ago

Can anyone tell the driving force behind the groups? That is, are these groups representing small, home grown farms or a few of the big-corporate-backed KS farms?

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JackRipper 3 years, 10 months ago

dude probably hard for you to imagine that many people actually don't do any of that.

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Steve Miller 3 years, 10 months ago

shut up and quite complaniing with your mouth full of mcdonalds quarter pounder.. get a clue.. if it's so bad quite eating it... the come back and comment.. i bet you won't last 1 trip to the frig . for your daily hit of corn flakes pilled with sugar during the 7th inning stretch while you turn the a.c. down. !!

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Pantoozo 3 years, 10 months ago

Clean the river and legalize marijuana. Cleanliness is next to cleanliness.

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gccs14r 3 years, 10 months ago

Most corn is grown to feed cows. It's bad for the cows, the people who eat them, the land, and the water. What's not to dislike? Get rid of feedlots and go back to range-fed beef.

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JackRipper 3 years, 10 months ago

Maybe you should look into more. In the case of corn the benefits definitely don't outweigh the consequences. You may check how the subsidizing of corn is causing food in third world countries to become more expensive and the poor left poorer. Plenty of books out there on all this.

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Steve Miller 3 years, 10 months ago

The benefits outweigh the consequences long term.. Either that way or you'll have less food and higher prices, benefit out weighs consequences.

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JackRipper 3 years, 10 months ago

If the gov stopped subsidizing corn we probably wouldn't deal with it at the level we are now.

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MacHeath 3 years, 10 months ago

This cycle, with the agribusiness making the Fertilizer, to sell to the farmers, so the farmers will think they can't live without bigger yields, so they buy more fertilizer.. Not only that, but Fertilizer is way expensive. The feds need to check about how they price that stuff. It kinda seems like an agri-scam to me.

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JackRipper 3 years, 10 months ago

Nice that the pretend belief that those who are the care takers of the land don't mind it washing down the river along with all the petrochemicals fertilizers. Funny a state that can come up with an other billion for more road projects can't fund the restoration of wetlands and controls that keep this from happening. Kansas is allowing wallstreet corporations to ruin this state. We ought to be embarrassed by the condition of our rivers.

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lounger 3 years, 10 months ago

Kansas rates last in water quality, year after year after year. Something has to be done. We must hold these people accountable for polluting our rivers and streams. For too long agencies have ignored the law and let agribiz pollute our waterways. The EPA does NOTHING in Kansas and needs to start doing its job.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 10 months ago

Um...reminds me of something taking place right now in the Gulf of Mexico...

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gccs14r 3 years, 10 months ago

It's always cheaper to prevent ecological disaster than it is to clean it up.

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beeline 3 years, 10 months ago

Billions to keep it clean or billions to clean it up.

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defenestrator 3 years, 10 months ago

So proud of Laura and the "friends." Keep up the good fight!

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rooster 3 years, 10 months ago

Why of coure they do, It sometimes cost more money to have a conscience.

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gccs14r 3 years, 10 months ago

Hey, if business can't regulate itself for the good of all, then it's going to be regulated externally. If local government won't do it, it's up to the Feds. It's about time someone stepped up to try to get the Kaw cleaned up.

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