State Concern About Contamination

Park to be examined for environmental issues from the past.

The City council granted Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality access to Rhylander Park in Plattsmouth for further environmental assessment.

The Cassgram reports in the last several months, NDEQ found contamination and ordered clean-up of the property north of Rhylander Park on the Black Hills Energy property where there had been a manufactured gas plant decades ago.That led to a Phase 1 Environmental Assessment of the 28-acre park which had been the location of railroad tracks, roundhouses and machine shops decades ago. (The land was cleaned-up and then obtained by the city. It became a park in the 1980s.)

Based on the findings of the Phase 1 Assessment, NDEQ recommends further soil and groundwater sampling. The council action this week allows for that to happen.

According to information supplied by Portis, if there is cause for some type of contamination clean-up, the Burlington Northern Railroad would be approached first. If no entity accepts responsibility the costs could be paid for through the EPA Region 7 Superfund process.

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