Polluted Kansas mining town seeks federal money

TREECE, Kan. | Residents of the southeastern Kansas town of Treece have given top federal officials an earful about contamination and sink hole problems in the old mining community.

Members of Congress and officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were touring the town Thursday to view areas heavily polluted by nearly a century of mining.

Nearly 70 townspeople, government officials and reporters converged outside the tiny city hall for the federal listening session.

Treece residents complained about contaminated dust and the danger from the sinking ground. They want to be offered the same federal buyout that was granted to nearby Picher, Okla.

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