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Regional Airport Sewage Sumping Concerns.
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Regional Airport Sewage Sumping Concerns.

Airport addresses sewage dumping concerns


News Staff - August 13, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Regional Airport addressed recent concerns yesterday about its wastewater. The airport uses an approved open-air lagoon to contain its wastewater but the abnormally wet year we’ve endured has raised the lagoon to historic levels.

In mid-July, Rapid City Regional Airport hired a septic contractor to pump 30,000 gallons of water from their overfilled wastewater lagoon to an off-airport site.

Then in early August, out of urgency, another 74,100 gallons were pumped out to that same area.

Concerned citizens started calling the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Airport Director Patrick Dame says they’re working with the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources to find a solution.

According to Dame DENR told the airport back in 2017 that it needed to replace the lagoon.

In the meantime, the airport has pumped wastewater out of the lagoon, treated what’s still in there with lime, and had the water tested. They expect the test results later this week.

The airport will also cease dumping sewage on its property and truck it off site instead.



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