FIRTH, Neb. (AP) — A builder who bought land around an old Atlas nuclear missile site in southeast Nebraska wants the federal government to sink a new well for his housing development.
But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers favors a slower, permanent cleanup of groundwater contamination from a chemical used to clean missile fuel lines.
The struggle between Dan Kadavy and the federal government has been ongoing since 2005, a year after Kadavy bought the land near Firth under corps assurances that future residents of the houses would be safe.
But the chemical that pervaded the nearby missile site migrated to the groundwater under Kadavy's 16 acres.
He said he's losing thousands of dollars a month and can't wait on the corps' long-term efforts.
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