Environmental Remediation

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

Mission: The mission of the Bureau of Environmental Remediation is to respond to environmental emergencies and to manage environmental contamination through pollution source control, containment, or remedial action. The program responsibilities are: investigation of pollution occurrences and sources from spills, illegal dumping, abandoned facilities, and landfills; storage tank regulations; surface mining site regulation and designing and overseeing remedial activities at contaminated sites.

Current and Upcoming Events
  • BER response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Effective March 23, 2020 through April 3, 2020, KDHE offices will be closed per Governor Kelly's order in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time:
    • CELR applications may continue to be submitted via KEIMS; however, no CELRs will be issued due to staffing availability. At this time, KDHE anticipates still being able to meet the 15-day statutory requirement for CELR issuance, for any application received between March 23 and April 3, once staff returns on April 6, 2020.
    • The Storage Tank Section will accept extension applications for Class A/B Operator Training and has information for consultants working on Storage Tank Section projects.
  • Proposed amendments to the Storage Tank Act and proposed amended storage tank regulations. Senate Bills 285, 286 and 287 include extensions to various funds sunset dates, an increase in the maximum liability of the funds used for clean-up activities, and an increase in the amount of reimbursable expenses of underground storage tank replacement.
  • The Storage Tank Section will host a public hearing concerning the proposed underground storage tanks regulations on May 14, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. in the Azure Conference Room, Fourth Floor, Curtis State Office Bldg., 1000 SW Jackson St., Topeka, Kansas. Those who wish to be invited to participate electronically in this public meeting can provide their name and email contact to Sharon Morgan by the close of business on May 13, 2020. A meeting invitation will then be sent to the requestor's email.
  • House Bill 2575 KDHE has introduced amendments to the Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Act (KSA 65-34,142 et. seq.) to the Kansas Legislature under House Bill 2575.
  • VCPRP Initial Deposits for Properties. BER has updated its policy regarding the initial deposit for properties eligible to participate in the Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Program as of January 2020.
  • Updated VCPRP Manual. BER has created a 2020 edition of the Voluntary Cleanup and Property Redevelopment Manual that describes the program and includes program updates.
  • Kansas Environmental Information Management System (KEIMS) - BER. BER's New Online Data Management System.