For Immediate Release
January 5, 2012

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

KDHE Seeks Public Comment on Plan to Address Wichita Site

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is asking for public comments on the agency’s plan to address groundwater contamination at the North Industrial Corridor (NIC) Site in Wichita, Kansas. The public comment period will run from Jan. 6, 2012 through Feb. 6, 2012.

The draft plan, called a Draft Corrective Action Decision for Interim Groundwater Remediation (CAD), outlines future activities to be conducted to address groundwater contamination at the NIC Site.  The Draft CAD will be available beginning Jan. 6, 2012 for the public to review online at KDHE’s NIC webpage at www.kdheks.gov/remedial/site_restoration/nic.html, the KDHE offices in Topeka, Kansas and at the Wichita Department of Public Works – Office of Environmental Health, 1900 E. Ninth Street, Wichita, Kansas 67214. Appointments to review the document in Wichita may be made by contacting Shawn Maloney at 316-268-8351. To review the document in Topeka, please contact Chris Carey at 785-296-0225.
                            
The KDHE will hold a public availability session and a public hearing during the 30-day public comment period to present information regarding the preferred remedy and solicit public participation.  The public availability session and public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the City of Wichita’s Office of Environmental Health, located at 1900 E. Ninth Street, Wichita, Kansas 67214 on Feb. 1, 2012, and posted on KDHE’s NIC webpage. Public comments on the Draft CAD may be submitted to KDHE during the public hearing or in writing during the 30-day public comment period from Jan. 6, 2012 through Feb. 6, 2012 to the KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation, Attention: Chris Carey, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410, Topeka, Kansas 66612. Comments on the Draft CAD may also be submitted to KDHE by electronic mail to ccarey@kdheks.gov. Comments sent by electronic mail must be received by KDHE by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2012. All comments that are received by KDHE prior to the end of the public comment period will be addressed by KDHE in the Responsiveness Summary Section of the Final CAD.