Voluntary Cleanup Unit

Deanna Ross, P. G., Unit Manager
Phone: (785) 296-8064    Fax: (785)-559-4262 or (785)-559-4259
Email: Deanna.Ross@ks.gov

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

The Voluntary Cleanup Unit provides oversight and approval of investigations and remedial actions through the Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Program (VCPRP).

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Administrative Regulations

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Division of Environment, Bureau of Environmental Remediation, will conduct a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017, in the Flint Hills Conference Room, third floor, Curtis State Office Building, 1000 SW Jackson, Topeka, to consider the adoption of proposed amended voluntary cleanup and property redevelopment program (VCPRP) regulations K.A.R. 28-71-1 through 28-71-12.

The proposed amendments to the regulations will 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.

The time period between the publication of this notice and the scheduled hearing constitutes a 60-day public comment period for the purpose of receiving written public comments on the proposed regulations. All interested parties may submit written comments prior to 5 p.m. on the day of the hearing to:

Deanna Ross
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

During the hearing, all interested parties will be given a reasonable opportunity to present their views orally on the proposed amended regulations as well as an opportunity to submit their written comments. Any individual with a disability may request accommodation in order to participate in the public hearing and may request the proposed regulations and the regulatory impact statement in an accessible format.

Complete copies of the proposed amended regulations and the corresponding regulatory impact statement may be obtained from the KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation website below or by contacting Deanna Ross at the contact information above. Questions pertaining to the proposed amended regulations should also be directed to Deanna Ross.

Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Program

Under the VCPRP, developers and buyers who perform successful cleanups of contaminated properties that are within established criteria will be granted a "No Further Action" determination by the department, satisfying the regulated community's need for protection from potential future liabilities. Adjacent property owners who did not contribute to the contamination could also receive protection from the department through such determinations.

A streamlined process is utilized to address these sites in an expeditious manner to encourage the redevelopment or enhancement of such properties and to discourage the use of pristine land in the State instead of established commercial and industrial tracts. This program is voluntary and is designed to allow industry and businesses to bring forth sites that need attention so their properties are appropriately addressed in a timely manner through a local/state partnership.