Each of these offices is strategically located throughout Kansas to provide services in an efficient, responsive manner and to provide access to citizens across the state. The bureau field staff, who focus on air, water, waste, and remediation issues, respond to and assist the citizens of Kansas by providing regulatory services and guidance through inspection programs and compliance assistance.
Staff in each program area conduct a wide range of facility inspections, respond to complaints, and provide community assistance and support through attendance of public meetings, and by addressing concerns of citizens. Inspection programs are conducted to evaluate air emissions of facilities such as rock crushers and petroleum refineries; to assure water quality of public drinking water facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, and confined animal feedlot operations; to assure compliance of solid and hazardous waste management facilities; and to assure cleanup resulting from spills and releases, and to evaluate environmental impact when fish kills occur.
Staff provides a broad range of technical expertise to the non-regulated community by being responsive to complaints and community concerns. Staff assists local governments by providing technical information pertinent to local issues and needs. On occasion, staff provides community support following natural disasters.
The Bureau of Environmental Field Services provides a field presence across Kansas. It serves as the focal point of contact and is often the visible link between the state government and the public. The district offices are the recommended first point of contact for assistance with questions or concerns about environmental issues.
The Bureau of Environmental Field Services (BEFS) administers all environmental program operations at the six Kansas Department of Health and Environment district offices and provides scientific, technical, and operational support for KDHE Division of Environment programs.