For Immediate Release
April 6, 2012

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

KDHE Seeks Public Comment on Plan to Address the
Coleman South Site, Wichita, Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is asking for public comments on the agency’s plan to address groundwater and soil contamination at the Coleman South Site in Wichita, Kansas. The public comment period will run April 9 to May 9.

The draft plan, called a Draft Corrective Action Decision (CAD), 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 City of Wichita Environmental Health Office in Wichita and KDHE’s office in Topeka. 

The Coleman South Facility is located at 250 North St. Francis Avenue in Wichita in Sedgwick County. Contamination at the Site was identified in 1988 during an environmental audit conducted by HWS Technologies Inc. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), primarily tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE) and their breakdown products were identified near a degreaser sump on the property and in the groundwater to the south-southwest. Subsequent investigations conducted at the Site determined that both soil and groundwater were contaminated with TCE and PCE and their breakdown products.

The remedial plan to address contamination in soil and groundwater at this Site, as outlined in the Draft CAD will include groundwater extraction and air stripping, long-term groundwater monitoring, capping and Environmental Use Controls to limit property use and potential exposure to contaminated soil and groundwater. KDHE will review data on a routine basis to ensure the remedy is protective.

Public comments on the Draft CAD can be submitted in writing to KDHE, Attention Margaret Townsend, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410, Topeka, Kansas 66612. KDHE will host a public meeting to discuss the proposed remedy at the City of Wichita WATER Center on April 30 at 6:00 P.M.

Documents concerning the Coleman South 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 mtownsend@kdheks.gov. Documents will also be available at the City of Wichita Department of Public Works and Utilities, Environmental Health Division 1900 E. Ninth Street, Wichita, Kansas 67214. Please contact: Shawn Maloney at 316-268-8351 or by email: smaloney@wichita.gov.