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Protests at the KS/OK border over chemical testing

November 14, 2017 - 5:21 am
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The Department of Homeland Security wants to place a chemical testing center at the site of the former Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma, just miles from Arkansas City.  Over the weekend, protesters stood at the Kansas/Oklahoma state line to make it known that they did not want these tests conducted in their backyards. 

In a report released by the DHS, they say the chemicals used would be Titanium Dioxide and Urea.  In the report the DHS says these chemicals are inert and harmless. 

KSN News spoke with David Eichhorn, Chair of the Chemistry Department at Wichita State University.

"I know they've been well studied," said Eichhorn. "They're used in cosmetics, they're used in paints. They've been tested significantly and shown that they're not harmful.  It sounds more like they are trying to determine how chemicals that are similar to these disperse."

The building that these tests will be conducted in is abandoned and has been since the early 70’s. Over the next 30 days, DHS officials invited the public to chime in on the decision to test in their community.

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