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Kansas landfills to receive Joplin tornado debris

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 | 11:50 a.m. CDT; updated 11:43 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 16, 2011

TOPEKA, Kan. — Landfills in southeast Kansas will be receiving between 2 million and 3 million cubic yards of construction and demolition debris left by the May 22 tornado that struck Joplin.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Tuesday that the southeast Kansas sites in Crawford and Cherokee counties were the preferred sites for taking the debris. The department's Bureau of Waste Management is working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The first loads of debris were shipped to Kansas on June 2. Several hundred truckloads a day are expected through mid-August.

Waste brought to the landfills is being screened by the Bureau of Waste Management to ensure proper procedures are followed and that unauthorized materials are not being disposed.


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