Case Study : Wichita Confronts Contamination Essay

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Case Study 7: Wichita Confronts Contamination The case study of “Wichita Confronts Contamination,” begins in 1990 when the KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment), reported that Wichita was sitting on an underground polluted lake. The pollution had a caused by a direct cause to various commercial and industrial chemicals. The KDHE did a preliminary study on it and later on handed the report to the City Manager Chris Cherches. Once the information came out, the banks then stopped lending, city lost investors, and the county appraiser lowered property values forty percent. City Manager Cherches enlisted of group of staffers to study KDHE’s two recommended options in order to draft a plan for the city. Mr. Cherches continuously stressed that two priorities remained uppermost: to begin cleaning up the aquifer as soon as possible, and to preserve property values (Stillman 147). The KDHE recommended options were: 1. let the companies take responsibility for the contamination and clean up the site; or 2. rank the site for possible superfund site (Stillman 146). After careful consideration City Manager Cherches rejected both options recommended by the KDHE. Mr. Cherches rejected the first option because it was extremely unlikely that more than 500 PRP’s at Gilbert-Mosley would be able reach a timely agreement on liability nor was it known if Coleman would cooperate. The second option recommended by the KDHE of ranking the site for superfund was quickly declined.…

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