For Immediate Release
July 2, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Seeks Public Comment on Plan to Address Contamination at Boeing 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 and soil contamination at the Boeing Wichita Site in Wichita, Kan. The public comment period opens July 2 and ends Aug. 2.

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 facility is located at 3801 South Oliver in Wichita in Sedgwick County.  Contamination at the site was identified in 1986 during an environmental audit conducted at the property. 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 of the site.  Subsequent investigations conducted at the site determined that both soil and groundwater were contaminated with TCE and PCE, their breakdown products and chromium.

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, zero valent iron permeable reactive barriers, nutrient injections to encourage in situ bioremediation, long-term groundwater monitoring, natural attenuation, 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 and hearing to discuss the proposed remedy at the City of Wichita Environmental Health auditorium on July 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Documents concerning the Boeing Wichita 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 may also be viewed at the KDHE Boeing website, available online at: 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: