The primary goals of the Remedial Section are to protect and preserve one of the most important natural resources of our state - our water supply, both groundwater and surface water, and to protect the human health and welfare of the citizens of Kansas, both current and future generations from environmental contamination.
Schilling Air Force Base
The former Schilling Air Force Base is a Formerly Used Defense Site located in southwest Salina, Kansas. The base was originally built as the Smoky Hill Army Airfield in 1942. The base was deactivated in the 1960s; it is now used for the Salina Regional Airport and industrial, aviation, military, and educational facilities. The Salina Airport Authority (SAA), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have conducted numerous environmental investigations and some limited remedial actions at the Schilling AFB Site since the mid-1990s.
About the Remedial Section
The primary goals of the Remedial Section are to protect and preserve one of the most important natural resources of our state - our water supply, both groundwater and surface water, and to protect the human health and welfare of the citizens of Kansas, both current and future generations, from environmental contamination.
The Remedial Section accomplishes these primary goals through various types of cleanup programs by working in a cooperative partnership with the public, industry, and federal/state and local governments. The programs within the Section are responsible for the successful remediation of hundreds of environmentally contaminated properties and the provision of safe drinking water to citizens and communities with contaminated water supplies in Kansas.
The Remedial Section is responsible for the assessment, investigation, cleanup, and monitoring of state-lead contaminated sites, federal facility sites, and state-lead federal Superfund sites throughout Kansas. Potentially contaminated sites that are reported to the Remedial Section by individuals, businesses, governmental entities, or others are evaluated to assess the immediate and long-term health and environmental risks.
Remediation at contaminated sites may involve removal actions (excavation of soil, drum removal), on-site cleanup, off-site treatment, and/or containment (capping, hydraulic control) of the identified contamination. Threats to human health can be addressed by providing alternate drinking water supplies (bottled water, in-house filters, connection to an unimpacted public water supply), source removal, and containment systems.
The Remedial Section encourages parties responsible for the contamination to work with the department in a cooperative manner to achieve an appropriate cleanup. Generally, an agreement may be negotiated between the department and the responsible party regarding the investigation and possible cleanup at the site. However, when a responsible party cannot be identified, cannot bear the financial burden of cleanup, or is recalcitrant, the section can seek appropriate federal funding through Superfund or other funding sources to investigate and clean up the contamination problem.