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Evergy Fined $120,000 for Alleged Violations at Retired Topeka Plant

TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) – Utility company Evergy will pay a fine for allegedly breaking federal rules after alarmingly high arsenic levels were found at one of its sites.  The Environmental Protection Agency says the company broke groundwater monitoring rules at a retired power plant near Topeka.

The site previously included a disposal area for coal-burning waste.

The Kansas City Star reports that elevated levels of arsenic and cobalt were recorded there. The EPA and Evergy agreed that the company will pay $120,000 and conduct more monitoring.

Utility officials argue the contamination on site wasn’t from its waste.