Kansas congressional delegation pushes for faster cleanup

clean up began three years ago

May 15, 2018 - 7:52 pm

DE SOTO, Kan. (AP) — Members of Kansas' congressional delegation are pushing for faster environmental cleanup at a former ammunition plant in the northeastern part of the state.

The Army began cleaning up contaminants three years ago at the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. The facility produced gunpowder and rocket propellants during several wars.

The Kansas City Star reports the Army says it's making progress. But some federal lawmakers from Kansas are concerned about the 2028 target date to finish cleaning up the 5,300 acres (2,145 hectares).

Sen. Jerry Moran and Rep. Kevin Yoder, both Republicans, are pressuring the Army to speed up the progress. Yoder says Johnson County residents "deserve to have this land back for productive use in the community."

Sunflower Executive Director Kise Randall says she appreciates the pressure.

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