Assessment and Restoration Section

Bob Jurgens, Section Chief
Phone: (785) 296-1914    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.

Right Cooperative Association Voluntary Cleanup Plan (.pdf)
In accordance with Kansas Administrative Regulation, K.A.R. 28-71-12(a), established pursuant to the Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Act (Kansas Statutes Annotated 65-34,161 through 65-34,174), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) hereby provides notice to the public of KDHE's acceptance of a Voluntary Cleanup Plan submitted for the Right Cooperative Association site in Arnold, Kansas. KDHE will accept written comments from the public concerning the proposed Voluntary Cleanup Plan during a 15-day public comment period beginning May 11, 2017, and ending May 25, 2017.

The Voluntary Cleanup Plan is available for review at KDHE's offices in Topeka, Kansas, and may be downloaded from the above link. Requests to review, and written comments concerning, the KDHE-accepted Voluntary Cleanup Plan for the Right Cooperative Association site should be directed to the following address:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Bureau of Environmental Remediation
Attn: VCPRP Coordinator
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 410
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1367
(785) 296-8064, FAX (785)296-7030

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

Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Update--TPH Analytical Method Update
In September 2015 KDHE BER revised its total petroleum hydrocarbon and LNAPL policy, Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) and Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) Characterization, Remediation, and Management BER Policy # BER-041. BER has since coordinated with the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratory (KHEL) to bring to fruition a new Kansas analytical method to meet the requirements of the policy.

KDHE is happy to announce that beginning January 1, 2016, five laboratories will be certified to run the new Kansas TPH Methods. For a complete list of certified laboratories for the Kansas TPH Methods and other various matrices and analytes, please visit the KHEL Laboratory Accreditation webpage.

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

Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Manual (.pdf)
KDHE is happy to provide an updated Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Program Manual. The new version is more user-friendly and is designed to better serve voluntary parties and other program participants.


Assessment and Restoration Section Staff Directory






Bob Jurgens

Section Chief


Jessica Willis

Senior Administrative Assistant


Brownfields and Orphan Sites Unit

Gary Richards

Unit Manager


Joe Dornes

Environmental Associate


Seth Mettling

State Brownfields Coordinator


Moud Safadi

Environmental Specialist


Jonathan Stephenson

Environmental Specialist


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


Debra Walters

Administrative Assistant


Site Assessment Unit

Darryl Morgan, P. G.

Unit Manager


Austin Clapp

Environmental Associate


Natalie Martin

Environmental Specialist


Bryce Zirfas

Environmental Associate


Voluntary Cleanup Unit

Deanna Ross, P. G.

Unit Manager


Brittany Bennett

Environmental Specialist


Russ England

Environmental Specialist


Brad Johnson

Environmental Specialist


Daniel O'Crowley

Environmental Specialist


Marquise Paige

Geology Specialist