The EPA is monitoring 15 different toxic chemicals produced by the Iatan plant.
After the 41 Action News Investigators asked KCP&L about their plants, a company spokesman released this statement.
“KCP&L has advanced warning systems in place in the case of floods. Therefore, we are able to secure our facilities, including chemicals, prior to flooding. In 2011, we were successful in protecting our Iatan facility, chemicals and employees, which is surrounded by a 500-year berm, levees and other precautions already in place, and were able to continue operation."
EPA records show overall, toxic wastes produced in the metro have trended up in the last 15 years.
There were 67 million pounds produced in 2003.
By 2015, that number had reached 115 million pounds of toxic wastes.
But the amount of those dangerous chemicals released into the environment disposed of in some other way has decreased in that same time frame.
In 2008, there were 10.8 million pounds of toxic chemicals released or disposed of from Metro plants.
In 2016 that amount had dropped to just over 8 million pounds.
EPA records show better recycling and treatment options for toxic chemicals as reasons for that reduction.
But the New York Times investigation notes flooding can sabotage any plant's best efforts to handle dangerous toxic wastes.