For Immediate Release
October 4, 2012

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

KDHE Seeks Public Comment on Plan to Address Woodbine Site

TOPEKA- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is requesting public comments on the agency’s plan to address groundwater contamination at the Woodbine Public Water Supply (PWS) Site in Woodbine, Kan. The public comment period will run Oct. 4 to Oct. 19.

The draft plan, called a Draft Agency Decision Statement (ADS), 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 Herington Public Library, the KDHE office in Topeka and online at http://www.kdheks.gov/remedial/site_restoration/woodbine_ads.html.  

The North Central Kansas Cooperative Association – Woodbine Facility is located roughly in the center of the town of Woodbine, Kan., in Dickinson County.   Contamination at the Site was identified in 1992 during an investigation conducted by KDHE when nitrate was detected in four domestic wells. Subsequent investigations conducted in the site vicinity detected nitrate concentrations at up to 163 mg/L. Contaminant concentrations in groundwater have decreased 23 mg/L in 2012.  All Woodbine residents are connected to the Herington Public Water Supply System.

The remedial plan to address contamination at this site, as outlined in the Draft ADS, will include groundwater monitoring and Environmental Use Controls to limit property use and potential exposure to contaminated groundwater. KDHE will review data on a routine basis and may require development and implementation of contingency plans if needed.

Public comments on the Draft ADS can be submitted by Oct. 19 in writing to KDHE, Attention Kelly Peterson, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410, Topeka, Kansas 66612 or by email to kpeterson@kdheks.gov.   Comments submitted by email must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 19. 

Documents concerning the Woodbine PWS site will be available for review and copying by appointment during normal business hours at KDHE’s Topeka office. Please contact Kelly Peterson, Environmental Geology Project Manager, 785-296-3866 or kpeterson@kdheks.gov. Documents will also be available at the Herington Public Library, 102 South Broadway, Herington, Kansas 67449.  Please contact Shelly Wirtz, Library Director at 785-258-2011..