The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued a news release on Jan. 5 seeking public comment on the agency’s plan to address groundwater contamination at the North Industrial Corridor (NIC) site in Wichita.
As part of the plan, KDHE has directed the City of Wichita to conduct indoor air testing in a number of homes, businesses and other facilities within the NIC over the next several weeks. City officials need access to residents’ homes to conduct the KDHE testing which will be done in a limited number of homes south of 19th Street North to 3rd Street and between Broadway and I-135.
Testing is free and fast. City staffers conducting the testing will have City Environmental Health division identification and a marked City vehicle. Those interested in volunteering their residence for testing should call 268-8351. Also, post cards and door tags are being distributed to inform residents of the KDHE testing.
The KDHE public comment period will run Jan. 6 through Feb. 6. A public availability session and public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the City of Wichita’s Office of Environmental Health, located at 1900 E. Ninth Street, Wichita, Kansas 67214 on Feb. 1, 2012. Information regarding the comment period, public meeting, the KDHE news release and related documents including the draft plan for addressing the groundwater contamination at the NIC site can be found at: http://www.kdheks.gov/remedial/euc/nic.html.
Information is also available at the Wichita Department of Public Works & Utilities Office of Environmental Health, 1900 E. Ninth Street. Also, to review the documents by appointment, please contact Shawn Maloney (268-8351).