AgChoice Site (C3-050-73024)

Parsons, Labette County, Kansas


Site Background

The AgChoice Site (Site) is located at 3205 Boyd Street, Parsons, Labette County, Kansas (Figure 1). The Site has been used as an agricultural storage and distribution facility since initial development around 1975. AgChoice, a subsidiary of MFA Enterprises, Inc. (MEI), has owned and operated the facility since 2001. The facility, occupying approximately 6.9 acres, consists of multiple agricultural structures on a gravel lot, including a fertilizer storage warehouse, bulk feed storage building, agricultural liquid storage building, anhydrous ammonia tanks, and an office building. Property to the west is used for pasture land. Properties to the north, east, and south are vacant.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) performed an inspection in February 2013 and issued a notice of non-compliance for improper discharge of pesticides and improper handling of dry fertilizer materials. Laboratory data for soil and surface water samples collected by KDA indicated that soil and surface water were impacted by nitrates, atrazine, and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) above regulatory limits. MEI entered into an Environment Agreement (# 13-E-43 BER) with KDHE-Bureau of Environmental Remediation on December 6, 2013, to conduct a Comprehensive Investigation (CI) and Corrective Action Study (CAS).

The main contaminants of concern (COCs) are nitrate, atrazine, and 2,4-D primarily in groundwater and surface water. Soil and sediment in the ditch to the east and northeast of the facility is also impacted. Terracon Consultants, Inc., summarized findings from investigation activities conducted from 2014 through 2018 in the Comprehensive Investigation Report (2018). The Revised Corrective Action Report (2021) documents the evaluation of alternatives. Both of these documents are available below.

KDHE is soliciting public comments regarding a proposal to address environmental contamination at the Site. A draft Agency Decision Statement (ADS) document that outlines the proposal for cleanup is available for public review at the KDHE offices in Topeka and the Parsons Public Library. Appointments to review documents in Topeka may be made by contacting Pamela Green at 785-296-1935. The draft ADS is also electronically available below.

KDHE is receiving comments during the 15-day comment period (July 22 through August 6, 2021), which must be submitted in writing by electronic mail to pamela.green@ks.gov or postmarked by mail to:

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
    Bureau of Environmental Remediation
    Attention: Pamela Green, Environmental Specialist
    1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410
    Topeka, Kansas 66612-1367

  • Site Documents