For Immediate Release
August 7, 2012

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

KDHE Encourages Public Comment on Remediation at the Eagle Picher Smelter Site

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is requesting public comment on a Agency Decision Statement (ADS) document which describes preferred remedial alternatives for addressing sources of soil, sediment and surface water contamination at the Eagle Picher Smelter Site, Galena.

The Draft ADS and other pertinent documents will be available for review during the public comment period from Aug. 8 to Aug. 23 at City Hall in the Galena Municipal Building, 217 W. 7th St., Galena and in KDHE’s Topeka Office. KDHE has also established a webpage dedicated to the Eagle Picher Site, available online at http://www.kdheks.gov/remedial/site_restoration/eagle_picher.html  Many Site documents, including the Draft ADS, are available on the webpage.

In addition, KDHE will present information regarding the proposed cleanup during the Galena City Council Meeting on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Chamber of the Galena Municipal Building, located at 211 West 7th St. in Galena. KDHE personnel will be available immediately following the presentation to answer questions. Anyone may provide written comments on the Draft ADS in writing to the following address by Aug. 23:

KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation
ATTN: Maura O’Halloran
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 410
Topeka, KS 66612

Comments on the Draft ADS may also be submitted to KDHE by electronic mail to mohalloran@kdheks.gov by 5 p.m. on Aug. 23. KDHE will select a final remedy and anticipates issuing a Final ADS for the site after considering all information submitted during the public comment period. KDHE may modify the preferred remedial alternative or select another response action based on new information or public comments