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.