FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2014

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


KDHE Seeks Public Comment on Proposed KHEL Regulatory Changes

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the following Kansas Administrative Regulations (KAR): KAR 28-14-1 and KAR 28-14-2. The proposed regulatory changes are related to the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories (KHEL) and include: updating the name of the laboratory in statute; a clarification of denial of services for nonpayment; and a fee increase for analytical services for drinking water suppliers. KHEL works with most of the drinking water systems in the state to monitor for the presence of disease-causing organisms and other harmful contaminants.

The public comment period is from Feb. 27 to May 6. A public hearing is scheduled for May 6, 2014, at 10 a.m. in Room 530, Curtis State Office Building in Topeka.

The last fee increase was in adopted in 2002. The increased revenue will be used by KHEL to fund ongoing costs for operating the laboratory. The proposed regulatory change in KAR 28-14-1 and KAR 28-14-2 and the regulatory impact statement are available for review during the public comment period at the KDHE Topeka Office, 1000 Southwest Jackson, Suite 430, Topeka, KS. These documents are also available on the KHEL webpage at http://www.kdheks.gov/labs/index.html.  Comments may be mailed by addressing them as follows:

KDHE - Bureau of Environmental Field Services
ATTN: Melissa Hammond
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 430
Topeka, KS 66612

Comments on the proposed regulatory change may also be submitted to KDHE by electronic mail to mhammond@kdheks.gov. The deadline for receiving public comment on this regulatory change is 5 p.m. on May 6. KDHE will receive comments to the proposed regulatory change and provide responses after considering all information submitted during the public comment period. KDHE may modify the proposed regulatory change based on public comments.