For Immediate Release
August 27, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Seeks Comments on Construction
and Demolition Landfill Expansion

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will hold a public comment period regarding the proposed expansion of a construction and demolition waste landfill operated by Cornejo & Sons, Inc.  The landfill is currently operated under a permit from KDHE and is located at 3299 Southeast Boulevard in Wichita.

Cornejo & Sons, Inc. has submitted an application for an additional two-acre construction and demolition waste disposal area south of the existing disposal area.  Additionally, the application includes increasing the landfill’s final elevation by 39 feet.  The expansion would result in a 37-acre landfill site with 26.5 acres permitted for waste disposal.

An informational meeting and public hearing on the expansion will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at the Jardine Middle School auditorium located at 3550 Ross Parkway, Wichita, beginning at 6 p.m.  At the informational meeting, concerned individuals can ask KDHE personnel questions regarding the landfill’s operations in an informal setting.  At 7 p.m., a public hearing will be held for individuals to make formal comments which will be recorded.

A copy of the administrative record including the draft permit, permit application, engineering drawings and other information will be available for public review from Friday August 28, 2009 through Wednesday, October 7, 2009 during normal business hours at the Wichita Central Public Library, 223 South Main, Wichita, Kansas 67202, the KDHE Topeka office at 1000 Southwest Jackson, Suite 320, Topeka, Kansas 66612, and the KDHE South Central District Office, 337 South Market Street, 6th Floor, Wichita, Kansas 67202.  The permit application form is also available on the Internet at http://www.kdheks.gov/waste

KDHE will also accept written comments on the proposed facility expansion from Friday, August 28, 2009 until 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2009.  Comments should be sent to Charles Bowers, KDHE Southeast District Office, 1500 West 7th, Chanute, Kansas 66720, by fax to (620) 431-1211, or by e-mail to cbowers@kdheks.gov.  Comments postmarked by October 7, 2009 received within one week thereafter will also be considered.  After the comment period closes KDHE will respond in writing to all formal comments received. 

Contact Charles Bowers at (620) 431-2390 or Sam Sunderraj at (785) 296-6563 for more information.