The Arness Septage Site in Nikiski sat for years with little attention after it was excavated in the late 1980s and oil and other industry wastes dumped there had been spread out on top of the land in a process called landfarming intended to dilute them.
Myron McGahan's family has lived in the Nikiski area for three generations. Years ago he acquired 51 acres on which he wanted to develop a housing subdivision - but he says he would not have dared consider such a plan if he knew about the nearby Arness Septage Site and a recent proposal to build a drilling waste monofill near it.
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