Salina to file claim for airport contamination cleanup

SALINA, Kan. (AP) – The Salina Airport Authority will try to get Hawker Beechcraft to help pay for cleaning up contamination at the former Schilling Air Force Base.

The Salina Journal reports the airport authority has approved filing a $2 million claim against Hawker Beechcraft, which has filed for bankruptcy. Hawker Beechcraft is a former tenant at the airport.

Salina public entities are investigating cleaning up contamination at the former base, which is primarily polluted with TCE, plumes of which are moving underground toward Salina’s water wells.

Exposure to TCE, a metal cleaning solvent, has been linked to illnesses ranging from kidney cancer to brain damage.

Greg Bengtson, legal counsel to the airport authority, says the amount Salina will receive from Hawker will be “pennies on the dollar” to the actual claim.

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