For Immediate Release
April 30, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Requests Public Comments on Proposed Cleanup in Manhattan

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is seeking public comments on a proposal for cleanup at two public water supply wells in Manhattan. KDHE will accept comments over a 30-day period beginning on May 7.

All comments received by KDHE must be postmarked by June 5. KDHE will respond to all formal comments in writing, and may modify the cleanup proposal based upon the comments that are received. Please send written comments to:

KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation
Attention: Natalie Garven
1000 S.W. Jackson St., Ste. 410
Topeka, KS 66612-1367

Chlorinated solvent contamination was detected in public water supply wells 14 and 15, located north of Levee Road in east Manhattan, during routine sampling. A soil vapor extraction system was installed to clean up soil and prevent further contamination of groundwater. KDHE’s proposal includes bioremediation – an organic process to reduce contamination – as well as groundwater monitoring and other safeguards to prevent contamination during the cleanup.

All pertinent documents are available for public review and copying at the following locations. Fees for copies may apply.

KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation
1000 S.W. Jackson St., Ste. 410
Topeka, KS 66612-1367
(Please contact Natalie Garven at (785) 296-6437 to schedule viewing.)

Manhattan Public Library
629 Poyntz Ave.
Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 776-4741