Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lawmakers Fret on Lawrence Water Dumping

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lawmakers Fret on Lawrence Water Dumping

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The Associated Press

LAWRENCE -- Kansas lawmakers want to be better alerted after short notice was given that a city was authorized to release nitrogen-contaminated water into the Kansas River.

Republican Sen. Rob Olson, of Olathe, said Thursday at a Senate Utilities Committee meeting that he wants Lawrence's contaminated water releases to not become normal operating practice. He also said there should be better notification along the river for such releases, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

"Have we learned something here, to maybe improve on it?" Olson said. "And not just because it was Lawrence; there's other issues that happen on this river."

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment authorized the city to release up to 30 million gallons of nitrogen-contaminated water from November to April to help clean up the former Farmland Industries nitrogen fertilizer plant in eastern Lawrence. The city can discharge up to 500,000 gallons of contaminated water into the river every day, and has released about 10 million gallons since authorization as given, according to Tom Stiles, assistant director of the department's Bureau of Water. …

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