29th and Grove Site

Update

    • August 25, 2023 – Union Pacific submitted a Soil Management Plan for the railroad property where the release of trichloroethene occurred. The plan is being reviewed by KDHE.
    • August 24, 2023 – Union Pacific submitted an application to place an Environmental Use Control on the railroad property where the release of trichloroethene occurred. The application is being reviewed by KDHE.
    • June 30, 2023 – Union Pacific established Financial Assurance in the amount of $13,964,000 to ensure money is available for implementing the cleanup.  
    • June 21, 2023 – Union Pacific submitted a Remedial Design Work Plan for KDHE review. KDHE completed review of the work plan on August 24, 2023. The revised work plan is expected to be submitted to KDHE on September 25, 2023. If all the requested revisions are made, the work plan should be finalized in September-October 2023.  
    • June 2, 2023 – Union Pacific submitted a Vapor Intrusion Re-Evaluation Work Plan to KDHE for review. KDHE completed review of the work plan on August 28, 2023. The revised work plan is expected to be submitted to KDHE on September 28, 2023. If all the requested revisions are made, the work plan should be finalized in September-October 2023. 

Once the plans are approved, they will be added on the webpage and a print copy will be available in the Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library.

News & Resources

  1. Community Resources
  2. Public Meetings
  3. Lake Testing
  4. Health Study

Site Summary & Remediation

  1. Summary
  2. Investigation
  3. Risk Assessment
  4. Cleanup Activities

Site Summary

The 29th and Grove Site (Site) is located alongA photo of the source area at a rail yard, showing tracks and train cars. Photo dated 2005. 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.

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

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

  1. Consent Order
  2. Site Cleanup
  3. Related Documents

Consent Order Update

The legal agreement that KDHE has with Union Pacific Railroad Company, called a Consent Order, was amended on April 27, 2023.  The original Consent Order (PDF) dated October 4, 2002 required Union Pacific Railroad Company to complete the investigation of the nature and extent of contamination, evaluate the risks to human health and the environment, and evaluate cleanup options for the contamination. 

The Amendment to the Consent Order (PDF) requires Union Pacific Railroad Company to design and implement the selected remedy that was described in the February 2023 Corrective Action Decision.