Superfund Program



Joe Dom, Unit Manager
Phone: (785) 296-4367    Fax: (785) 296-4823
Email: jdom@kdheks.gov

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



KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation, Assessment and Restoration Section

Introduction

The Superfund Program at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) works with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate and clean up Superfund and other commercial sites through the Management Assistance Cooperative Agreement (MACA).

Management Assistance Cooperative Agreement (MACA)

The Superfund Program provides state oversight of assessment and corrective action at sites on the EPA National Priorities List (NPL) and sites under the EPA Superfund Removal Program through the MACA and funding from EPA. The Superfund Program works closely with project managers and scientists at EPA to provide technical expertise and field oversight of the federal environmental investigations and cleanups. The Superfund Unit also communicates state priorities and regulatory positions on these sites to the EPA.

Sites included in the MACA are industrial and commercial facilities at which releases of hazardous materials have occurred, such as:

  • Chrome plating shops
  • Some older, non-permitted landfills
  • Hazardous waste recycling facilities
  • Mines and smelters
  • Metal fabrication and repair shops

Investigation and cleanup of sites on the MACA follows the CERCLA and SARA regulations. The investigation and cleanup work may be more difficult at these types of sites because they are often in cities and near residential areas, whereas many military facilities were built in more remote areas. Superfund sites on the MACA often include more than one "responsible party", and assigning liability for cleanup costs can be difficult. Sites on the NPL are usually the most highly contaminated and/or largest sites in the country, and investigation and remediation of these sites usually takes several years. Smaller MACA sites which are not on the NPL are more common and can usually be investigated and cleaned up more quickly.

Installing treatment system at groundwater contamination site
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Unvegetated mine waste pile at Superfund site
Installing treatment system at groundwater contamination site Unvegetated mine waste pile at Superfund site
Removal of contaminated soil at former smelter
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Chromium-contaminated soil at former plating facility
Removal of contaminated soil at former smelter Chromium-contaminated soil at former plating facility

Identified Sites List

Contaminated sites managed by the Assessment & Restoration Section are included in the Identified Sites List (ISL) database. A fact sheet for each ISL site can be found at http://www.kdheks.gov/remedial/isl_disclaimer.html. More detailed information is available from KDHE through a Kansas Open Records Act request. Please contact the program representatives listed on this web page for additional information.

Links

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If you have any questions regarding the Superfund Unit web page please call KDHE at (785) 291-3252.