29th and Grove Site

Updates on Remediation Implementation or Other Activities: 

Find the latest updates on remediation activities (PDF) that have been implemented at 29th and Grove.

Most Requested 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.