Judge approves consent decree for Salina base

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Although a federal judge has approved a consent decree involving the cleanup at the former Schilling Air Force Base in Salina, cleanup at the site is still years away.

The Salina Journal reported (http://bit.ly/10ZvGCt ) Wednesday that the judge approved the joint settlement agreement between Salina authorities and the federal government.

The approval is another step in an 18-year conflict over the cost of cleaning up contaminated groundwater and soil at a former Air Force base.

The decree essentially starts the process of making a plan for the environmental cleanup of a plume of pollution that is moving toward the city’s water wells.

The federal government will pay more than $8.4 million of the nearly $9.4 million cost to map the operation. The city of Salina will pay the remaining $936,300.

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com

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