For Immediate Release
September 8, 2009

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

KDHE Extends Public Comment Period for Proposed Construction
and Demolition Landfill Expansion

To allow for increased public input, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has decided to extend the public comment period for the application to expand the Cornejo & Sons, Inc. construction and demolition (C&D) landfill.  The extended public comment period will be through Tuesday, October 20, 2009.

The informational meeting and public hearing originally scheduled for September 30, 2009 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the Jardine Middle School auditorium, 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.

The landfill 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.

A copy of the administrative record including the draft permit, permit application, engineering drawings and other information will be available for public review through Tuesday, October 20, 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 at www.kdheks.gov/waste

KDHE will also accept written comments on the proposed facility expansion from until 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20, 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 20, 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.