The Remedial Section uses the State Cooperative Program to work cooperatively with industry, municipalities, private citizens, and potentially responsible parties to investigate and remediate contaminated sites. The program provides professional and objective technical oversight of the environmental investigation and remedial activities to provide quality assurance and quality control. This function is critical to ensure the safety and welfare of people in Kansas and to protect or remediate critical natural resources, including surface water bodies and groundwater aquifers which serve as drinking water supplies. The program endeavors to provide safe drinking water supplies to private water well owners and to public water supplies that are contaminated or threatened by releases of toxic chemicals into the environment. Participation within the program protects potentially responsible parties from potential Superfund listing and involvement with the federal EPA.