KNXV Ch 15 ABC Phoenix - State to Finish Adding Chemical Stabilizer on Farm Causing Dust Storms in Southern Arizona

Associated Press, ABC15.com Staff
2016-05-20
KNXV ABC 15 Phoenix

TUCSON, AZ - The state of Arizona will finish adding a chemical stabilizer to a farm that's caused several dust storms that have shut down Interstate 10 recently.

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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality says it'll likely complete layering one half of the farm -- that's 320 acres -- on Saturday.

The department is spending about $200,000 on the treatment.

A liquid substance called Gorilla-Snot, created by a Scottsdale company, is being applied to reduce the dust.

Chemists developed the plastic liquid that helps build a crust on the soil to hold down the dust.

Officials have shut the highway down at least seven times in the past few weeks as dust storms have created low visibility on I-10 near the New Mexico border.

Spokeswoman Caroline Oppleman said the landowner will take over applying the stabilizer to the other half of the farm on Sunday.

The department said last week that it would likely seek fines against the landowner because he didn't act fast enough in controlling the situation.

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