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Sound Off: What is the procedure for detoxifying the property at the former Farmland plant?

This information was provided by Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager: The former fertilizer plant on Kansas Highway 10, commonly known as Farmland, has an excess amount of nitrogen in the soil and groundwater from fertilizer production at the site. In 2009, the city acquired 467 acres of land and $8.5 million in funds from the Farmland Trust to mitigate the property. The city plans to use the site as an industrial business park in the future. The city will remove the excess nitrogen in the soil and groundwater through a combination of pumping groundwater off the property to nearby farm fields and through phytoremediation, a process that uses plants to mitigate environmental issues without the need to excavate and dispose of materials elsewhere.


tolawdjk 5 years, 7 months ago

Almost, Did_I_say_that. The city is lucky that it is nitrogen and not something like aresnic or asbestos or PCBs. Mother nature -can- handle an excess of nitrogen because she has a built in nitrogen cycle. Ask the folks in Libby, Montana about just leaving things be and letting Mother Nature handle the asbestos problem there, or Leadville, CO about dealing with mine runoff entering their water supply.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

Hey, we're all gonna die someday, anyway. So let's all party like there's no tomorrow!!! Whoopee!! (First round is on you, though, DIST.)

50YearResident 5 years, 7 months ago

How long will this process take to get rid of the excess nitrogen? I'm guessing 100 years or more if nothing else is done to leach it out. Now that's just a guess, but if it was that easy why would Farmland set aside $10 Million for the job of just pumping the water to local farmers and then declare bankruptcy?

blindrabbit 5 years, 7 months ago

Leave the property to agriculture, the plants love the nitrogen and phosphorus spilled out there over the years. Maybe some record sized corn or soybeans crops might be expected. Talk to the County Commissioners, since they want a agrotourism industry in the County, kills two birds with one stone so to speak.

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