August 5, 2014

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE to Present Awards at Kansas Environmental Conference

WICHITA, Kan.— The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will present a Pollution Prevention (P2) Award, and three awards for railroad tie clean-up, during an awards luncheon tomorrow, August 6, at the 2014 Kansas Environmental Conference. Members of the media are invited to attend the awards presentation, which begins at noon in the Kansas Grand Ballroom of the Wichita Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita.

John Mitchell, Director of KDHE’s Division of Environment, will present the awards.

The mission of the Kansas Pollution Prevention Program is to promote pollution prevention as an environmental ethic to achieve improvements in public health and environmental quality. Each year, companies, communities, schools and organizations are given the opportunity to apply for these awards. The award is presented to entities that have reduced or eliminated waste at the source, reduced air emissions or practiced energy and/or water conservation.

For nearly 20 years KDHE has worked with concerned citizens, local government officials, and responsible parties to address large accumulations of waste railroad ties throughout Kansas. This will be the first time awards have been given to companies who have cleaned up railroad ties. 

More information about the Conference can be found at

Who: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
What: Pollution Prevention and Railroad Tie Clean Up Awards Presentation
When: Noon, Wednesday, August 6
Where: Wichita Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita, KS 67207