FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) — The city of Salina, Kan. faced a major groundwater pollution issue. Originating from a former Strategic Air Command base, it posed the threat of tens of millions of dollars in remediation and possible future health issues for the area’s residents.

Farmington Hills-based Dragun Corp. got a deal to peer review and analyze more than a decade of reports and provide a complete understanding of the situation. The extent and movement of potentially carcinogenic contaminants polluting the groundwater at the airport site were a major concern for Salina. The contaminants were spreading to the surrounding environment that included homes, schools, and businesses.

Dragun’s staff analyzed the site to determine the type, extent, and movement of the environmental contamination. They redefined the nature and extent of the problem, determined how fast the contaminants were migrating, and identified outstanding data gaps.

“Dragun Corporation helped the Salina Public Entities understand the complexity of the groundwater contamination and identified numerous flaws with the prior technical work performed by other parties on behalf of the federal government,” said Martha Tasker, Salina’s director of utilities. “We have the highest confidence in Dragun’s capability to adequately complete this scale and complexity of work in a timely manner.”

In the coming weeks, Dragun will begin the first stage of protecting Salina’s groundwater supply. The federal government will pay 90 percent of the cost to fill data gaps and to prepare a remediation plan. This is the first time the federal government has financed this type of effort.

Said Dragun senior vice president Jeff Bolin: “I know the priority of the City of Salina was to gain control of this project and secure the funding so they could protect their groundwater supply. I was confident that our associates had the ability and experience necessary to critically analyze the problem and develop a plan to help Salina reach their goal.”

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