Site Assessment Unit

Randy Brown, P. G., Unit Manager
Phone: (785) 296-8065    Fax: (785) 296-7030 or (785) 296-1686

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

The Site Assessment Unit is responsible for performing assessments at sites with actual or potential releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants which may impact the human health and/or environment of the citizens of the State of Kansas. Citizens' complaints, new site discoveries and local government referrals are assessed using money obtained through a grant agreement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Site Assessment Program

The Site Assessment Program begins by logging the site into the Identified Sites List database and scheduling assessement activities. Activities may include a review of historical site activities and collecting and analyzing soil, groundwater, and surface water or sediment samples. If contamination is identified above risk-based action levels, the site will be referred to a state or federal program for appropriate response action.

Field Support

The Site Assessment Unit also provides the field support for the Remedial Section and other sections within the Bureau of Environmental Remediation. Staff in the unit are highly trained to properly assess contaminated sites and have a variety of field equipment available to assist in the site assessments. Field resources include drilling rigs, geoprobe units, a mobile laboratory, geophysical tools, an x-ray fractionator, a ground water sampling trailer, and other numerous types of field equipment.