The KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation (BER) is soliciting public comments regarding remediation at seven sites in the northern and central-eastern part of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant (SFAAP) near De Soto, Kansas. Sites of interest include the following:
- Area of Concern 25 – 1942 Gas Station and Vehicle Stops
- Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs):
- SWMU 13 – Liquid Wastewater Treatment Plant Evaporative Lagoons
- SWMU 44 – Tank T784
- SWMU 50 – Disposal Site East of SWMU 1 (Classification Yard)
- SWMU 59 – Laundry Facility
- SWMU 69 – Disposal Area North of Old Quarry
- SWMU 70 – Diesel Fuel Spill at Building 129-2
- Six of the sites have already completed the remedies due to past US Army cleanup progress. SWMU 70 pumping and excavation of contaminated media remains to be completed. The Statements of Basis (SB) present KDHE’s preferred alternatives for the sites; however, KDHE may modify the alternative or select another response action based on new information or public comments.
KDHE will review and consider all information submitted during a 30-day public comment period of October 13 through November 13, 2022. Upon successful completion of all remedies, KDHE will prepare a Final Agency Decision for closure and No Further Corrective Action Planned (NFCAP) Determination letter by documenting completed contaminant cleanup or assessment data indicating no cleanup is warranted.
The SB documents and other information on the cleanup for the Sites are available for public review at the KDHE office in Topeka by contacting Kyle Skeese, at (785) 291-3066. Also, the Administrative Record for the sites is available during the comment period at: https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/716/Sunflower-Army-Ammunition-Plant.
KDHE will accept written comments on the SFAAP SBs for AOC 25 and SWMUs 13, 44, 50, 59, 69, and 70 from October 13 through November 13, 2022. A public meeting is not scheduled at this time but may be held virtually or in person if the public requests one in writing with a statement of issues to be discussed.
Public comments on the SBs may be submitted to KDHE in writing during the 30-day comment period at the address listed below, or by electronic mail (email) Kyle.Skeese@ks.gov. Comments sent by mail must be postmarked by November 13, 2022 and emails also must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 13, 2022. All comments that are received by KDHE prior to the end of the public comment period will be addressed by KDHE in the Responsiveness Summary Section of the Final Decision Document.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Environmental Remediation Federal Facilities Unit 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410 Topeka, KS 6612