Public comments are being sought by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment regarding soil and water contamination at a Boeing Company site in Wichita.
The public comment period opens today and ends Aug. 2.
The draft plan, called a Draft Corrective Action Decision, outlines future activities to be conducted to address contamination at the site. The draft plan is now available for the public to review at the City of Wichita Environmental Health Office in Wichita and KDHE’s office in Topeka.
The contaminated site, located at 3801 South Oliver, was identified in 1986 during an environmental audit conducted at the property. Volatile organic compounds, primarily tetrachloroethene and trichloroethene and their breakdown products were identified near a degreaser sump on the property and in the groundwater to the south-southwest of the site.
Subsequent investigations conducted at the site determined that both soil and groundwater were contaminated with TCE and PCE, their breakdown products and chromium.
The remedial plan includes extracting pollutants, injecting nutrients to encourage in situ bioremediation, and long-term groundwater monitoring.
Public comments can be submitted in writing to KDHE, Attention Margaret Townsend, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410, Topeka, Kansas 66612.
KDHE will host a public meeting and hearing to discuss the proposed remedy at the City of Wichita Environmental Health auditorium on July 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Documents may also be viewed at the KDHE Boeing website, available online at: www.kdheks.gov/remedial/site_restoration/boeing.html. Documents will also be available at the City of Wichita Department of Public Works and Utilities, Environmental Health Division 1900 E. Ninth Street, Wichita, Kansas 67214. Please contact: Shawn Maloney at 316-268-8351 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.