March 11, 2014

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Henning named next director of Bureau of Environmental Remediation

TOPEKA, Kan. – Leo Henning has been named as the next director of the Bureau of Environmental Remediation (BER) at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Effective Monday, March 17, Henning replaces BER director Gary Blackburn, who retires this week with nearly 35 years of state service.

Henning transfers to BER from KDHE’s Bureau of Environmental Field Services where he has served as the director responsible for environmental inspections conducted by the agency’s six district offices as well as the Kansas pollution prevention program, among other environmental protection programs. Henning will retain his post as Deputy Director of the Division of Environment (DOE). One of three divisions at KDHE, DOE comprises the agency’s five environmental protection bureaus as well as the state health and environmental laboratories at Forbes Field.

“I am pleased to appoint Leo as the director of environmental remediation. With more than 20 years of service at KDHE, Leo has remarkable knowledge of all KDHE environmental protection programs and is familiar with the health of communities statewide,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary. “We wish Gary well in his retirement and thank him for his contributions to the health and environment of Kansans.”

“Environmental remediation projects under Gary’s leadership have resulted in outstanding partnerships with communities to rid properties of contamination, and I’m confident we’ll continue this course with Leo at the helm,” said John Mitchell, Division Director of Environment at KDHE.

Henning holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University and is a licensed professional geologist.

KDHE’s Bureau of Environmental Remediation supports communities with contaminated sites by designing and overseeing remedial activities. The bureau responds to environmental emergencies and manages environmental contamination through pollution source control, containment or remedial action. BER partners with other KDHE bureaus and state and local agencies to investigate and remediate pollution from spills, illegal dumping, abandoned facilities and landfills. BER also enforces storage tank and surface mining site regulations. Find BER online at:

Leo  Henning, KDHE Director of Bureau of Environmental Remediation
Leo Henning,
KDHE Director of Bureau of Environmental Remediation,
effective March 17, 2014