For Immediate Release
July 10, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Seeks Comments on Proposed Construction Demolition Landfill Expansion

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will hold a public participation meeting on Thursday, July 12, on the proposed expansion of a construction and demolition landfill operated by C&D Recyclers of Kansas, Inc. The landfill is operated under a permit from KDHE and is located at 4250 W. 37th Street North in Wichita .

The meeting will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Center, 7001 West 21 st Street North, beginning at 7 p.m. A brief presentation on the permit review process will be followed by an informal opportunity for the public to get information on the proposed expansion. KDHE staff will be available to discuss how design, geology and operation will be evaluated through the technical review of the landfill expansion application.

The proposed modification would increase the permitted waste disposal area from 23 to 49.75 acres and increase the facility property area from 34 to 70 acres. If approved, the modification would add an estimated 20 years of capacity at projected disposal rates.

Construction and demolition waste includes tree and limb debris, pallets, used lumber, bricks, gypsum board, asphalt and other inert materials from construction or demolition sites . Household trash will not be accepted at the landfill.

Anyone interested in learning more about the project or providing input to KDHE staff early in the permit review process is encouraged to attend. The meeting will not cover zoning or land use issues previously addressed by the Wichita/Sedgwick County Planning Department.

By state law, KDHE must determine if the landfill expansion application meets all required engineering, geological and environmental standards before issuing a permit. Only a preliminary evaluation of the application has been conducted at this time. KDHE will perform a detailed technical review of the application followed by a formal public notice before a final determination is made on whether to issue a permit modification for the landfill expansion.