For Immediate Release
October 4, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Responds to Spill in Salina

TOPEKA - On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) tested a liquid substance that local officials found spilled in an area at North Santa Fe and 7th Street in Salina. The testing results show that the substance is Mercaptan, an odorant used to give natural gas a recognizable scent.

KDHE determined that the spilled substance poses minimal risk. State and local officials are aware that some residents and businesses, including a nearby daycare facility, evacuated as a safety precaution. It is recommended that people consider keeping their doors and windows closed and limit outdoor activity where a strong odor is present.  

Excavation and cleanup of the contaminated soil is expected to be complete Friday, Oct. 5. Until cleanup is complete, nearby residents may experience very unpleasant or repulsive odors associated with this spill.

The source of the spill is under investigation.