For Immediate Release
October 14, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Clean-Up Proposal for Old Landfill at Kansas State University

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is asking for public comments on the K-State’s proposal plan to eliminate groundwater contamination at an old landfill site located north of Kimball Avenue in Manhattan.  The public comment period will run from October 18 to November 19 and will include two public meetings

The corrective measures proposal outlines future activities to be conducted to address contamination at the site. The proposal is now available for the public to review at the Manhattan Public Library or at the KDHE office in Topeka. 

The old site is located north of Kimball Avenue and across from the K-State football stadium’s east parking lot. Groundwater contamination was discovered in 1990 leading to ongoing regulatory oversight by KDHE including requirements to fully define the nature and extent of contamination, ongoing groundwater monitoring and ultimately a corrective action remedy proposal.  After examining potential remedial options, K-State is proposing to excavate the landfill and dispose of waste off-site.  They are also proposing to install and operate an interceptor trench to extract contaminated groundwater until contamination diminishes to acceptable levels providing a long-term solution to the site.

Representatives of KDHE will provide additional information regarding the proposed remedy and answer questions at two public meetings to be held at the Manhattan Fire Department Headquarters Training Center, 2000 Denison Avenue on November 9.  The first meeting which will run from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. will be an informal time for people to review documents and ask questions.  The second meeting will be 6:30-8:30 p.m., and begin with a brief presentation by KDHE on the history of the facility and the proposed clean-up plan.

Public comments on the corrective measures proposal can be submitted in writing to KDHE, Attention Bureau of Waste Management – Hazardous Waste Permitting Section, Suite 320, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Topeka, Kansas 66612.  The public can also request additional information from KDHE, Mostafa Kamal, or (785) 296-1609.