FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2013

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


Brownfields Program Workshop Scheduled for March 21 in De Soto

TOPEKA, Kan.— The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will hold a workshop in De Soto on March 21 to assist communities in Kansas with redeveloping brownfields properties. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at De Soto City Hall, 32905 West 84th Street.

Brownfield sites are real property where the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of the site may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Often the potential liability associated with contamination complicates business development, property transactions, or expansion on these properties.

According to KDHE’s Bureau of Environmental Remediation, almost every city and county in Kansas, in both rural and urban areas, has brownfields properties.

The workshop in De Soto will focus on identifying state, federal, and other financial and technical resources to address environmental and redevelopment issues for communities. There is no cost to attend the workshop; however, registration is required.

Registration is available online (Link to Online Registration), or individuals can register by submitting their contact information via email, fax or standard mail no later than March 18 to:

KDHE Brownfields Workshop
Attn:  Maggie Weiser
Brownfields Coordinator
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 410
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-5519
Fax: (785) 296-7030
Email: mweiser@kdheks.gov

At the workshop, learn how brownfields funding and incentives can develop sites to make your community a place where people want to live and work, by creating vibrant community spaces such as housing, parks, trails and job-creating businesses.

For more information on the KDHE workshop, please contact Maggie Weiser, KDHE Brownfields Coordinator, at (785) 296-5519 or visit the program website at http://www.kdheks.gov/brownfields/index.html.