FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2013

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


KDHE Seeks Public Comment on Plan to Address Contamination at Wichita Site

TOPEKA—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is asking for public comments on the agency's plan to address contamination at the Former Unocal Chemical Distribution Facility Site in Wichita. The public comment period is Feb. 11 through March 12.

The draft plan, called a Draft Corrective Action Decision (CAD), outlines future activities to be conducted to address contamination at the site. The Draft CAD is available for the public to review online at KDHE's website at http://www.kdheks.gov/remedial/site_restoration/unocal.html, at the KDHE central office location in Topeka at 1000 SW Jackson Street, and at the Wichita Department of Public Works - Office of Environmental Health, 1900 E. Ninth Street. Appointments to review the Draft CAD and other site documents in Wichita may be made by contacting Shawn Maloney at 316-268-8351. To review the documents in Topeka, please contact Holly Burke at 785-296-6242.

KDHE will hold a public availability session during the 30-day public comment period to present information regarding the preferred remedy and solicit public participation. The public availability session will be held on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at the City of Wichita's Office of Environmental Health.

Public comments on the Draft CAD may be submitted in writing during the 30-day comment period to the KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation, Attention: Holly Burke, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410, Topeka, KS 66612. Comments on the Draft CAD may also be submitted to KDHE by electronic mail to hburke@kdheks.gov . Comments sent by electronic mail must be received by KDHE by 5 p.m. on March 12. All comments that are received by KDHE prior to the end of the public comment period will be addressed by KDHE in the Responsiveness Summary Section of the Final CAD.