Assessment and Restoration Section

Joe Dom, Deputy Section Chief
Phone: (785) 296-4367    Fax: (785) 559-4261

1000 SW Jackson, Suite 410
        Topeka, KS 66612-1367

The Assessment and Restoration Section is responsible for: tracking and clean-up at emergency spill response sites and assessing and restoring sites with natural resource damages, as well as performing assessments and/or corrective action at sites with actual or potential environmental contamination in the Superfund, Dry Cleaning, Natural Resources Damages, Brownfields, Orphan Sites, and Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Programs.

Updated Regulations for the Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Program
KDHE has amended the Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Program regulations, effective September 14, 2017. The amended regulations provide a clear and concise path to closure for voluntary cleanup sites that is less onerous to businesses, municipalities, and industry but that allow protection of human health and the resources of the state.

Former American Cleaners Dry Cleaners Site
KDHE's Dry Cleaning Remediation Program is addressing impacts to private water supply wells caused by the former American Cleaners site in Haysville. Public Availability Sessions were held on August 17, and September 7, 2017 at the Haysville Alternative High School. Residents using a private water well within the affected area are encouraged to contact KDHE at 785-291-3252 to have their well sampled.

New Policy: Contaminated Groundwater and Surface Water Intersection
KDHE developed the policy BER-049 - Contaminated Groundwater and Surface Water Intersection as of July 5, 2017 to provide guidance for determining whether groundwater contamination poses harm to a surface water body.

Policy Update: Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) and Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) Characterization, Remediation, and Management
KDHE has updated its policy BER-041 - Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) and Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) Characterization, Remediation, and Management as of May 24, 2017. The updated policy provides additional clarification regarding its use and the associated analytical methods, without the overall framework established in the original policy.

Orphan Site Program Annual Report 2015 (.pdf)
This annual report describes the activities of the Orphan Sites Program in 2015.

Tonganoxie Methane Response (.pdf)
KDHE has completed a report summarizing an investigation into identifying the extent and source of methane gas found in soil in the Jackson Heights subdivision in Tonganoxie, Kansas. The methane has only been found in the soil and does not pose a risk to public health. Laboratory analytical results indicate the soil gas is consistent with methane gas formed through decay of organic matter in near-surface soils. The data collected by KDHE indicates that the gas found in the Jackson Heights subdivision is most likely from naturally decaying material found in the soil. KDHE has concluded response activities for the Tonganoxie Methane Response site.

Kansas Dry Cleaning Program Overview (.pdf)
This document describes the Kansas Dry Cleaning Program, enforcement of the Dry Cleaning Regulations, and describes actions taken at the Former Four Seasons Dry Cleaners Site in Wichita.

Kansas Spill Notification (.pdf)
Instructions to reporting spills to the Kansas Spill Response Program have been updated as of October 24, 2014.

Maggie Weiser, KDHE's Brownfields Program Coordinator Discusses the Kansas Brownfields Program

Assessment and Restoration Section Staff Directory






Joe Dom, P. G.

Deputy Section Chief


Debra Walters

Senior Administrative Assistant


Brownfields and Orphan Sites Unit

Gary Richards

Unit Manager


Joe Dornes

Environmental Associate


Seth Mettling

State Brownfields Coordinator


Jonathan Stephenson

Environmental Specialist


Bryce Zirfas

Environmental Associate


Response and Remediation Unit

Joe Dom, P. G.

Unit Manager


Jesse Branham

Environmental Associate


Alexis Crawford

Environmental Associate


Chris Hase

Environmental Specialist


Jeff Janzen

Spills Response Program Coordinator


Clay Kniebel

Geology Specialist


Kevin Moon, P. G.

Environmental Specialist


Site Assessment Unit

Darryl Morgan, P. G.

Unit Manager


Austin Clapp

Environmental Associate


Bei Huang

Geology Specialist


Daniel O'Crowley

Environmental Specialist


Voluntary Cleanup Unit

Deanna Ross, P. G.

Unit Manager


Lisa Beattie

Geology Specialist


Brittany Bennett

Environmental Specialist


Russ England

Environmental Specialist


Brad Johnson

Environmental Specialist