For Immediate Release
September 30, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Seeks Public Comment on Plan to Address Ramona Site

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is asking for public comments on the agency’s plan to address groundwater contamination at the Ramona USDA Site in Ramona, KS. The public comment period will run October 1 through October 15.

The draft plan, called a Draft Agency Decision Statement (ADS), outlines future activities to be conducted to address contamination at the Site. The draft plan is now available for the public to review at the Herington Public Library and the KDHE office in Topeka. 

The former CCC/USDA Grain Storage Facility is located just south of Ramona, Kansas in Marion County. Contamination at the Site was identified in 1988, during an investigation conducted by KDHE, when carbon tetrachloride was detected in 18 domestic wells. Subsequent investigations conducted in the Site vicinity determined that contamination in the City of Ramona is attributable to another source but that the CCC/USDA facility was also a potential source of contamination. Contaminant concentrations in groundwater have decreased from a maximum of 23 micrograms per liter (µg/L) in 2006 to 12 µg/L in 2009.

The remedial plan to address contamination at this Site, as outlined in the Draft ADS, will include groundwater monitoring and Environmental Use Controls to limit property use and potential exposure to contaminated groundwater. KDHE will review data on a routine basis and may require development and implementation of contingency plans if needed.

Public comments on the Draft ADS can be submitted in writing to KDHE, Attention Margaret Townsend, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410, Topeka, Kansas 66612.

Documents concerning the Ramona USDA Site will be available for review and copying by appointment during normal business hours at the above KDHE Topeka location. Please contact Margaret Townsend, Environmental Scientist, 785-296-1936 or Documents will also be available at the Herington Public Library, 102 South Broadway, Herington, Kansas 67449.  Please contact Shelly Wirtz, Library Director at 785-258-2011.