For Immediate Release
February 2, 2012

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

State, Local Officials Investigate Odd Smell in Lebo

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), along with Coffey County Fire District Number One and Coffey County Emergency Management, has noted and is investigating a strong gasoline odor in Lebo, Kan. Experts stress that the odor has shown no health concerns. 

The smell was first reported on Thursday, Jan. 26 by Lebo’s City Superintendent. Since then, KDHE and local partners have been working to discover the cause. It is believed that the pathway for the odors to reach the buildings is an old sewer line. Officials are still investigating the location of the source of the odors.

“KDHE and their local partners plan to cap off the line this week,” explained Randy Carlson, Storage Tanks Section Chief for KDHE’s Bureau of Environmental Remediation. “We’re hoping to have this corrected soon, but want to emphasis that citizens’ health is not at risk.”

Citizens of Lebo with questions can contact Coffey County Emergency Management at 620-364-2721.