29th and Grove Site

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Public Meeting
November 5, 2022
1– 3 PM
Boys and Girls Club Gymnasium
2400 N. Opportunity Drive
Wichita, Kansas

If you are unable to attend this meeting, find the presentation slides and videos from a previous meeting in the Resources section.

Summary

The 29th and Grove Site (Site) is located along the northern part of a Union Pacific Railroad (UP) rail yard south of the K-96 Highway, between Highway I-135 and Grove Street, in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas. Land use in the immediate vicinity of the northern rail yard consists of rail transportation, recreation, and military land-use categories. The K-96 Lake Park is located to the north of the railroad tracks. The Heartland Preparedness Center is located south of the railroad tracks. Land use farther to the south is primarily residential and commercial. 

A photo of the source area at a rail yard, showing tracks and train cars. Photo dated 2005.

The contaminants of concern (COCs) are trichloroethene (TCE) and associated degradation compounds including 1,2-dichoroethene, 1,1-dichlorothene, and vinyl chloride. TCE is a solvent commonly used for metal degreasing. Contamination from the Site was first discovered during investigations conducted in advance of redevelopment of the 21st Street corridor between I-135 and Grove Street. 

Map showing site location in Central Wichita east of I-135

Find information and related documents about the investigation, risk assessment, and feasibility study at the bottom of the page.

Resources

  1. Public Meetings
  2. Community Resources

Public Meeting Presentation & Comments

On September 8, 2022, we held a public meeting at the Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center about the plan to address contamination at the site. The public could also submit written comments on the draft Corrective Action Decision to us during the public meeting. View the following:

A follow-up public meeting was held at the Boys and Girls Club on November 5, 2022. View the following.

More Information About 29th & Grove Site

  1. Investigation
  2. Risk Assessment
  3. Remedial Measures
  4. Feasibility Study

Investigation

In 1999, KDHE and Union Pacific Rail Road (UP) executed an Interim Agreement for a Preliminary Investigation (PI) to evaluate whether a release of  trichloroethylene (TCE) had occurred on the UP rail yard right-of-way.  Detections of TCE in soil and groundwater at the rail yard confirmed a release had occurred on the rail yard property in the past. TCE is present in the soil at the rail yard at concentrations above the Tier 2 Risk-based Standards for Kansas (RSK) level of 84.2 micrograms per kilogram. TCE is present in groundwater at concentrations above the Tier 2 RSK level of 5 micrograms per liter.

A map showing the groundwater flow direction (southerly) and plume extent (29th St. to Murdock St.)

In 2002, UP entered into a Consent Order with KDHE to conduct a Remedial Investigation to determine the nature and extent of contamination and a Feasibility Study to evaluate remedial alternatives that could be used for cleanup. The Remedial Investigation was completed in 2006 and determined the plume of contaminated groundwater extended from the UP rail yard to the south to Murdock Avenue.


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  2. Videos

Related Documents

  1. Draft Corrective Action Decision, August 2022 (pdf)
  2. Feasibility Study – Source Area and Mid-Plume Area, part 1/6, December 3, 2020 (pdf)
  3. Feasibility Study – Source Area and Mid-Plume Area, part 2/6, December 3, 2020 (pdf)
  4. Feasibility Study – Source Area and Mid-Plume Area, part 3/6, December 3, 2020 (pdf)
  5. Feasibility Study – Source Area and Mid-Plume Area, part 4/6, December 3, 2020 (pdf)
  6. Feasibility Study – Source Area and Mid-Plume Area, part 5/6, December 3, 2020 (pdf)
  7. Feasibility Study – Source Area and Mid-Plume Area, part 6/6, December 3, 2020 (pdf)
  8. Revised Remedial Investigation Report part 1/11. June 16, 2006 (pdf)
  9. Revised Remedial Investigation Report part 2/11. June 16, 2006 (pdf)
  10. Revised Remedial Investigation Report part 3/11. June 16, 2006 (pdf)
  11. Revised Remedial Investigation Report part 4/11. June 16, 2006 (pdf)
  12. Revised Remedial Investigation Report part 5/11. June 16, 2006 (pdf)
  13. Revised Remedial Investigation Report part 6/11. June 16, 2006 (pdf)
  14. Revised Remedial Investigation Report part 7/11. June 16, 2006 (pdf)
  15. Revised Remedial Investigation Report part 8/11. June 16, 2006 (pdf)
  16. Revised Remedial Investigation Report part 9/11. June 16, 2006 (pdf)
  17. Revised Remedial Investigation Report part 10/11. June 16, 2006 (pdf)
  18. Revised Remedial Investigation Report part 11/11. June 16, 2006 (pdf)
  19. Consent Order, October 4, 2002 (pdf)
  20. 29th and Grove - Public Meeting Presentation (pdf)
  21. 29th and Grove Site PowerPoint for November 5th_FINAL_PH
  22. 29th Grove Common Questions FINAL (PDF)
  23. 29th Grove Common Questions_FINAL SPA (PDF)
  24. 29th Grove in Wichita Infographic FINAL (PDF)
  25. 29th Grove in Wichita Infographic_SPA (PDF)