Archive for Thursday, January 13, 2005

Leavenworth County appeals $15,420 KDHE fine

January 13, 2005

Leavenworth County has appealed a $15,420 fine levied by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for violating a permit allowing the Cedar Lakes development to use a three-cell lagoon system for wastewater treatment.

In December 2004, state health and environment officials fined the county because it violated a permit allowing the lagoon system to operate until Oct. 1.

The fine levied against the county includes a provision that Cedar Lakes abandon its lagoon system and have its sewage re-directed to the city of Basehor no later than Feb. 1.

Almost immediately after the fine had been levied, county officials said they intended to appeal the state's decision and that the county disagreed with several of the department of health and environment's findings.

David Van Parys, county counselor, said this week that the county's appeal had been filed and a hearing would take place in coming weeks, during which the county would present evidence and testimony countering the state's claims.

Van Parys said the county would try to meet the state's deadline for re-directing Cedar Lakes sewage.

"The county intends to meet that deadline, if at all possible," Van Parys said. "The county will work toward meeting that deadline."

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