Remedial Section

Vacant, Section Chief
Phone: (785) 296-1673    Fax: (785)-296-7030 or (785)-296-1686

1000 SW Jackson, Suite 410
        Topeka, KS 66612-1367

The primary goals of the Remedial Section are to protect and preserve one of the most important natural resources of our state - our water supply, both groundwater and surface water, and to protect the human health and welfare of the citizens of Kansas, both current and future generations from environmental contamination.

Public Notice - Former National By-Products Site, South Hutchinson, Kansas
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is seeking public comments regarding a proposal to address nitrate and chloride contamination in the soil and groundwater at the Former National By-Products Site located at 2010 West 6th Avenue in South Hutchinson. A Draft Agency Decision Statement (ADS) document that outlines a proposal for cleanup is available for public review at the Hutchinson Public Library, or may be downloaded from the link above. All documents related to the Site will also be available for review at the KDHE offices in Topeka, Kansas during the public comment period. To review documents in Topeka, please contact Corena Carpenter at 785-296-1676.

KDHE will select a final remedy for the Site after reviewing and considering all information submitted during a 30-day public comment period (March 26, 2014 through April 24, 2014). The Draft ADS presents KDHE's preferred alternative for the Site; however, KDHE may modify the alternative or select another response action based on new information or public comments.

Public comments on the Draft ADS may be submitted to KDHE in writing to: Corena Carpenter, KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation, 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 410, Topeka, KS 66612-1367. Comments will be accepted until April 24, 2014.

Risk-based Standards for Kansas Manual Updated With New Tables
KDHE/BER has updated the Appendices of the 2010 RSK Manual. The complete manual may be downloaded at the above link. Any questions regarding these changes and their effects on the management of a contaminated site may be directed to the KDHE project manager.

Elevator Groundwater Containment System Constructed in Salina
Features of the groundwater containment system.

The former Bunge grain elevator is located at 1112 N. Halstead road, approximately a mile and a half southwest of the I-70 and I-135 interchange in Salina. Soil and groundwater is contaminated with carbon tetrachloride and chloroform, a degradation product of carbon tetrachloride. These chemicals are associated with grain fumigants formerly used and stored at the facility. Investigations identified release(s) of grain fumigant in the vicinity of a former above-ground storage tank and groundwater contamination had migrated beyond the property boundaries. Some private wells were contaminated with carbon tetrachloride and chloroform. Impacted residences have been connected to a rural water supply.

An air stripper inside the treatment building.A half mile long Groundwater Containment System (GCS) was completed in June 2013 as an interim remedial measure to capture contaminated groundwater migrating from the grain elevator. The objective of the GCS is to maintain hydraulic control of the groundwater plume in the vicinity of the down-gradient property boundary through active extraction, treatment, and discharge.

The GCS is designed control groundwater migration by pumping groundwater from 15 extraction wells (blue dots) and transferring it to an air stripper located inside the groundwater treatment building (orange square). The air stripper consists of six perforated trays creating turbulent flow and a high air-to-liquid surface area for efficient removal of volatile organic compounds. The treated groundwater is then discharged to Mulberry Creek via subsurface piping and a constructed outfall.

The GCS has operated continuously since starting up in June 2013. Initial performance data indicate the system successfully depresses the groundwater surface, resulting in a significant zone of containment along the southern property boundary and preventing off-site migration of contaminated groundwater.

State Water Plan Annual Report 2013 (.pdf)
This annual report describes the activities of the State Water Plan Program.

Bureau of Environmental Remediation Staff Attend Groundbreaking Ceremonies for a New Development in Kansas City to Create 2,000 Jobs
Rick Bean, BER, represents KDHE during the Ground Breaking Ceremonies.Rick Bean and Chris Carey, Bureau of Environmental Remediation (BER) attended a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate redevelopment of an 80-acre brownfields property in the Fairfax District in Kansas City. The property was the location of a former General Motors facility and is contaminated with volatile organic compounds and hydrocarbons. After General Motors filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the property was transferred to the RACER Trust for remediation. KDHE BER has worked closely with the RACER Trust (holders of the property) and NorthPoint Development Company to coordinate remediation efforts with property redevelopment. The property, now called the Central Industrial Park (CIP), will accommodate three to eight modern manufacturing businesses and create up to 2,000 new jobs in the Kansas City area.

Speakers for both the Wyandotte Economic Development Council and the RACER Trust thanked KDHE for their assistance and leadership to move the project forward. Greg Kindle, representing the Council stated, "This sort of successful collaborative effort isn't just an economic development boon for Fairfax. It's also an inspiring case study." Mark Holland, Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas indicated, "This project is a symbol to the rest of the metro area and the nation that this is what you can do, even on a brownfield. This partnership shows what we can do by turning a brownfield site into 2,000 jobs." According to Unified Government officials, this project will be the first development in Fairfax in more than 25 years. This property has been vacant and unproductive for over 20 years, partially because of the environmental contamination issues. Inergy, a gas tank manufacturer, will be the first tenant of the CIP. BER, RACER, and NorthPoint are working in a cooperative partnership to cleanup a major source of hydrocarbon contamination during construction of the Inergy facility. It is anticipated that approximately 11,400 tons of contaminated soil will be removed from the area.

KC Real Estate: 'A Big Day For KCK.'
MetroWireMedia, December 13, 2013.

Montgomery County Blood Lead Screening
Montgomery County citizens attend a free blood lead level screening clinic.KDHE's Kansas Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Prevention Program, in partnership with the Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics (BEPHI), Bureau of Environmental Remediation (BER), the City of Cherryvale and the Montgomery County Health Department held a free blood lead screening clinic on Nov. 13 and 14 in Cherryvale at a local community building. The clinic was provided to all residents - children and adults - of Montgomery County. The purpose of the clinic was to give Montgomery County residents an opportunity for a free assessment of their blood lead levels. A total of 133 citizens were screened during the clinic.

State and local health officials were on hand to answer questions and provide information on sources of lead exposure and potential health outcomes. In addition, BER representatives provided educational materials to citizens pertaining to the National Zinc Company site, located in Cherryvale. The site was a zinc smelting facility operating from 1898 to 1976 that generated large volumes of solid waste which was historically used as fill material in the Cherryvale community. These waste materials can be contaminated with heavy metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic, and/or zinc. BER is currently overseeing investigation activities to determine the extent of soil contamination in the City of Cherryvale. Additional information for the site is available at the National Zinc site webpage.

Maggie Weiser, KDHE's Brownfields Program Coordinator Discusses the Brownfields Program

Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Manual (.pdf)
KDHE is happy to provide an updated Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Program Manual. The new version is more user-friendly and is designed to better serve voluntary parties and other program participants.

State Cooperative Program: Protecting Human Health on a Path to Restoration and Revitalization (.pdf)
KDHE has updated its State Cooperative Program guidance for June 2011.

Remedial Section Staff Directory







Section Chief

Farrell Dallen

Environmental Scientist


Kerry Dick

Administrative Assistant


Glenna Drake

Environmental Scientist


Joyce Kroll

Administrative Assistant


Marcia Morgan

Administrative Specialist


Kimberley Munoz

Administrative Specialist


Tamy Simmons

Administrative Specialist


Site Assessment Unit

Randy Brown, P. G.

Unit Manager


Nicholas Schneider

Environmental Scientist


Jon Vopata, P. G.

Environmental Scientist


Site Remediation Unit

Ryan Weiser, P. G.

Unit Manager


Jessica Crossman, P. G.

Professional Geologist


Corena Carpenter

Environmental Scientist


Mary Daily, P. G.

Professional Geologist


Andrew Hollenbach

Geology Associate


Site Restoration Unit

Chris Carey, P. G.

Unit Manager


Holly Burke

Environmental Scientist


Pam Chaffee, P. G.

Professional Geologist


John Cook, P. G.

Professional Geologist


Pamela Green

Environmental Scientist


Kevin Moon

Geology Associate


Maura O'Halloran, P. G.

Professional Geologist


Margaret Townsend, P. G.

Environmental Scientist


State Response and Property Redevelopment Unit

Doug Doubek, P. G.

Unit Manager


Kaitlin Salley

Geology Associate


Maggie Weiser

State Brownfields Coordinator


Tiffini Wells

Environmental Scientist


Voluntary Cleanup Unit

Deanna Ross, P. G.

Unit Manager


Stuart Aller

Environmental Scientist


Bryan Bain

Environmental Scientist


Robert Benne

Environmental Scientist


Russ England

Environmental Scientist


Ben Haring

Environmental Scientist


Gary Richards

Environmental Scientist


Andrea Schiller

Environmental Scientist


Kelsee Wheeler

Environmental Scientist


Scott Williamson

Geology Associate