Sylvan Grove CCC/USDA Carbon Tet Site

The Sylvan Grove former CCC/USDA site is an industrial site located near 308 Old HWY 18, Sylvan Grove, Lincoln County, Kansas.  The public land survey description is the southeast quarter of the southeast quarter of Section 11 Township 12 South, Range 10 West in Lincoln County, Kansas.  The Site is surrounded by agricultural use property to the north and east, and residential properties to the south and west.

Public Notice

KDHE is soliciting public comments regarding proposed remedial corrective action.  The draft Corrective Action Decision (CAD) summarizes information from documents including the results of the previous site investigations and reasons for the remedial action.  The Draft CAD is available for public review from March 14 through April 13, 2023 at the KDHE offices in Topeka and at the Sylvan Grove Public Library, 122 South Main St., Sylvan Grove, Kansas 67481.  The document can also be downloaded below. Appointments to review the document in Sylvan Grove can be made during the library’s operating hours of Monday – Wednesday, and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Appointments to review documents in Topeka may be made by contacting Sitney Day at (785)-296-0291. 

Public comments can be submitted to: Sitney Day, KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410, Topeka, KS 66612 or by email. Comments will be accepted from March 14 through April 13, 2023. The deadline to submit comments is April 13, 2023 at 5:00pm Central Time. Comments may be submitted by e-mail or written mail. 

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact:

Sitney Day, Geology Associate

Phone: 785-296-0291

  1. Background
  2. Documents
  3. Investigation

Site Background

The Commodity Credit Corporation/United States Department of Agriculture (CCC/USDA) operated a grain storage facility consisting of 30 circular grain storage bins on two acres from 1954 to 1966 and used carbon tetrachloride (CT) as a grain fumigant. After the grain storage facility closed, all structures were removed, and the land was incorporated into farm homesite property. KDHE detected CT contamination above the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL)  of 5 micrograms per liter (µg/L) in a private well in 1998 and 2006 during a statewide USDA private well sampling program.