For Immediate Release
October 8, 2012

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

KDHE Seeks Public Comment on Plan to Address Emporia Site

TOPEKA- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is requesting public comments on the agency's plan to address contamination at the Emporia Former Manufactured Gas Plant site. The public comment period runs from Oct. 8, until Oct. 22.

The draft plan, called a Draft Agency Decision Statement (ADS), describes the preferred remedial alternative for addressing residual contamination at the site, and it is available for review at the Emporia Public Library, KDHE’s offices in Topeka and online at http://www.kdheks.gov/remedial/site_restoration/download/FMGPEmporiaADS.pdf. 

Public comments on the Draft ADS must be submitted in writing to KDHE, Attention: John Cook, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410, Topeka, Kansas 66612 or by email to johncook@kdheks.gov by Oct. 22. Comments submitted by email must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 22. 

Documents concerning the Emporia Former Manufactured Gas Plant site are available for review and copying by appointment during normal business hours at KDHE’s offices in Topeka. Please contact John Cook, 785-296-8986 or johncook@kdheks.gov.  Some documents are also available at the Emporia Public Library, Appointments to review the documents at the library are available by contacting Lynette Olson at 620-340-6450.

KDHE will select a final remedy and will issue 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 received.