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Resource ID: #17827
Subject: Pollution
Source: Pitch Weekly (Kansas City
Affiliation: 
Date: May 3-9

Description

Pitch Weekly investigates Turkey Creek, a waterway that runs in both Wyandotte and Johnson counties. Right at the border of these two counties sits the Nelson Complex- "a sewage-treatment facility that serves some 130,000 residents" and dumps its waste into Turkey Creek. "The Nelson Complex has been operating under a permit that expired ten years ago . . . State and federal water-quality standards have been amended several times in an ongoing effort to protect the environment. But until its permit is renewed, the Nelson Complex remains beholden only to the older, weaker laws." While Johnson County's chief wastewater engineer says the water pumped out is clean, others disagree. The article details several studies and tests done on Turkey Creek which revealed unsafe amounts of waste.

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