For Immediate Release
February 28, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Cleanup at
Magellan Pipeline — Kingman Release Site

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is asking for public comments regarding a proposal to address residual environmental contamination at the Magellan Pipeline – Kingman Release Site located approximately one-half mile north of State Highway 54 and one-half mile east of NE 70th Avenue in rural Kingman County.

On October 27, 2004, an anhydrous ammonia release occurred at a ruptured pipeline near a small, unnamed tributary of Smoots Creek. A Consent Order for between KDHE and Magellan Ammonia Pipeline L.P. was executed on December 13, 2004 that required Magellan to submit and implement a Short Term Response Plan with weekly reporting, an Environmental Characterization and Clean-up Plan (ECCP), and to perform any other additional tasks as necessary under KDHE oversight.

A draft Agency Decision Statement (ADS) which outlines short term remedial actions completed at the site and the proposal for residual cleanup is available for public review at the Kingman Carnegie Library located 455 North Main Street in Kingman and the Curtis State Office Building in Topeka.

Public comments can be submitted in writing to: Natalie Garven, Environmental Scientist, KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation, 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 410, Topeka, KS 66612-1367. Comments will be accepted until March 29.