Kansas Environmental News

Summer/Fall 2012   

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In This Issue
Regulatory Agenda
KDHE Hosts Kansas Environmental Conference
KDHE Recognizes Businesses for Pollution Prevention (P2) Efforts
CST Storage Wins With Pollution Prevention
Kansas SBEAP Assistance for Area Source Rules
Upcoming Events

KDHE Division of Environment Regulatory Agenda 


KDHE's Division of Environment has numerous regulations currently in process. To view the regulatory agenda, click the link below. 


DOE Regulatory Agenda

KDHE Hosts Kansas Environmental Conference

by Melissa Hammond, KDHE


The 2012 Kansas Environmental Conference was held August 7 - 9 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita. The conference, which focused on environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and sustainability, recorded an impressive attendance of 380 individuals participating throughout the event.  

Wichita Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency Wichita


On Tuesday, August 7, the KDHE Bureau of Waste Management hosted a Basic Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop and an Advanced Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop. Over 100 individuals attended these workshops to learn more about hazardous waste generator requirements and other topics.


The conference commenced Wednesday morning with a plenary session on the Kansas Environment Update presented by John Mitchell, Director, KDHE Division of Environment.


Concurrent sessions covered various topics related to air, water, waste, remediation, sustainability and pollution prevention. The conference closed with a plenary session on the Treece Relocation Assistance Project presented by Bob Jurgens, KDHE BER.


Thirty-four vendors displayed their products and services at the conference. Many of them offered great prizes for the vendor drawings held on Thursday. A vendor social was held on Wednesday evening. This was a great opportunity to visit with the vendors in a relaxed atmosphere.


The conference presentations are now available online at http://www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/environment_conf.html.  If you would like to participate in the planning of the 2013 conference, feel free to email Melissa Hammond at mhammond@kdheks.gov.

KDHE Recognizes Businesses for 


Pollution Prevention (P2) Efforts



The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced the 2012 Pollution Prevention (P2) Award recipients during an awards luncheon at the Kansas Environmental Conference, held August 7-9 at the Wichita Hyatt.


John Mitchell, Director, KDHE's Division of Environment, presented award plaques to Bisel Inc. dba Minuteman Press, CTS Industries, General Motors Fairfax Assembly, Moridge Manufacturing dba The Grasshopper Company and Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc.


The Kansas Pollution Prevention Program promotes pollution prevention as an environmental ethic to achieve improvements in public health and environmental quality.  The awards are presented to entities that have reduced or eliminated waste at the source, reduced air emissions or practiced energy and/or water conservation.  Companies, communities, schools and organizations each year are able to apply for the Kansas P2 awards.


"Our P2 award recipients are to be applauded for the successful planning and implementation that went into their conservation projects.  In addition to recognizing these companies for their accomplishments in pollution prevention, the P2 program allows us to highlight specific efforts so that others might be able to incorporate the same projects into their business or manufacturing processes," said Mitchell.


Bisel, Inc. dba Minuteman Press, Lawrence, is a producer of small format printing and a provider of promotional products and bulk mailing.  Minuteman was awarded for its efforts as a Sustainable Green Printer (SGP).  The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership is an independent, non-profit organization providing a certification label for sustainability in the graphic communications industry.  SGP criteria requires facilities to undergo environmental, health and safety compliance audits, develop and implement a Sustainability Management System and a a series of Best Management Practices designed to reduce their environmental footprint.  Projects implements by Minuteman enabled the facility to reduce its volatile organic compound (VOC) air emissions by 22 percent and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) by 93 percent.  The facility was also able to reduce its energy use by over 10,000 kWh per year over its baseline year of 2009 by implementing energy conservation measures.


CST Industries, Parsons, was awarded for its efforts in water and energy conservation.  The Parsons facility specialized in the manufacture of bolted storage tanks.  CST Industries implemented a project to recycle its rinse water on its assembly line back to the wash section instead of discharging it to the sanitary sewer.  The estimated water conservation from this project is 76,431 gallons per month with an energy savings of 282.5 MMBtu/year and a total cost savings of up to $10,829 per year.  The plant also completed an air leak detection audit using an ultrasonic leak detector to detect air turbulence caused by air leaks.  CST detected 16 leaks throughout the plant.  The estimated savings from fixing these air leaks was $10,395 or 173,250 kWh.


General Motors Fairfax Assembly, Kansas City, assembles the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick Lacrosse.  The GM Fairfax plant was awarded for its efforts in energy conservation.  The plant undertook a lighting replacement project to replace inefficient lighting bays with more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs resulting in an annual reduction of 14,061 tons of C02 emissions and an annual cost reduction of $1.29 million.  In addition to the lighting project, the company implemented a plant-wide energy reduction project which reduced the amount of natural gas burned by the facility resulting in an annual reduction of 6,068 tons of CO2 emissions and an annual cost reduction of $600,000.


Moridge Manufacturing dba The Grasshopper Company, Moundridge, was awarded for its efforts in source reduction and reducing air emissions.  Moridge is a manufacturer of commercial mowing and grounds maintenance equipment.  By installing new sheet metal cutting lasers and software, Moridge was able to increase the usable yield per sheet of metal by 21 percent with an estimated cost savings of $423,000 per year.  In addition, recognizing that the majority of emissions associated with the life-cycle of a mower will come from its operation, Moridge developed the Grasshopper MaxTorque Clean Diesel Mower and implemented a national clean-diesel campaign manifested in website design, educational materials, and numerous opportunities to share the message in the press.


Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc, Wichita, was awarded for its efforts in energy conservation.  Via Christi Hospitals is comprised of five hospital campuses, each with their own diagnostic focus.  Via Christi installed a new burner with controls on a boiler at the Via Christi Hospital on Harry Street and replaced pneumatic controls with electronic ones on an air handler unit (AHU) at the Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.  The implementation of these projects is projected to save over 15,000 MMBTUs of natural gas/year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 3,000 MTCO2e.


Congratulations to the 2012 P2 award recipients.  Learn more about these projects and the Pollution Preventions Awards by visiting http://www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/p2_pollution_prevention_awards.html.

CST Storage Wins With Pollution Prevention

by David Carter, K-State Pollution Prevention Institute 


In August 2012, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) awarded CST Storage (CST) with its Pollution Prevention award due to processes CST implemented to reduce waste at its Parsons, Kansas facility. In addition to winning awards, CST also wins because the projects it has implemented results in true economic savings and a leaner, more effective manufacturing process.


A part of CST Industries, Inc., CST is a global leader in the design and manufacture of above-ground storage tanks. The manufacturing process is energy extensive as it includes receiving raw materials, metal fabrication, welding, powder coating, liquid-paint coating, and shipping of the final product. CST's management is concerned with making the site more energy efficient not only to reduce associated energy costs, but also to become a more environmentally friendly neighbor to the community. To gain assistance in identifying and researching pollution prevention (P2) projects, CST participated in the Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI) P2 Intern Program for the last two summers.


Over the last two years, CST has acted upon the interns' recommendations and implemented the following projects:


1) Air leak audit - using an ultrasonic leak detector, the interns identified 30 compressed air leaks and one argon leak. Fixing these leaks resulted in estimated savings of more than $45,000.


2) Water conservation - reusing rinse water as a feedstock for wash water conserves more than 1,000,000 gallons of water, an estimated 267 MMBTUs, and more than $9,000 per year.


3) Powder-coat room - implementing a system to close the entrance and exit to the powder-coat room saves an estimated 145,000 kWh and $9,000 per year.


4) Paint booth filters - changing management procedures for paint booth filters reduces solid waste by approximately 8 tons and saves nearly $19,000 per year in material, labor, and disposal cost.


The interns recommended nine other projects that could result in even more savings, further benefiting CST's bottom line.


CST certainly deserves the accolades received by KDHE. Its commitment to identifying further opportunities for waste reduction signifies CST as a leader in environmental responsibility. For questions regarding CST's pollution prevention projects, review the PPI case studies at http://www.sbeap.org/intern-program#reports or contact Summer Pommier, 620-421-0200, spommier@cst-storage.com. For information on how to submit an application to obtain a summer intern from PPI, contact David Carter, 785-532-4998, dcarter@ksu.edu.


Kansas SBEAP Assistance for Area Source Rules 

by Barbara Goode, K-State Pollution Prevention Institute 


Does your facility have a boiler using fuel other than natural gas? Does your facility have a stationary reciprocating internal combustion engine? Do you manufacture paint? Do you have chemical manufacturing processing units that use or produce organic or metal pollutants? If so, your facility could be subject to recent air regulations targeting smaller emitters of certain hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). Smaller emitters of HAPs are called area sources. Area sources are those that annually emit less than 10 tons of a single HAP or less than 25 tons of a combination of HAPs. If your facility is an area source of HAPs, you could be subject to one of the many subparts of 40 CFR Part 63. A compilation of area sources rules can be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website at www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/area/compilation.html. 


In this state fiscal year, the Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) will focus on the four area-source rules identified in the table below. SBEAP assists businesses, industries, institutions, and municipalities with understanding environmental regulations that apply to their facility. The Kansas SBEAP has an Air Quality Rules webpage at www.sbeap.org/aqrules with resources for area sources considered to be most relevant for Kansas facilities. In general, for each area source, the webpage provides the applicable national emission standard for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) regulation, an EPA summary brochure, an initial notification form, a notice of compliance status form, monitoring and reporting forms (if applicable), and other implementation tools. If EPA or SBEAP conducted a Webinar on a particular area source rule, SBEAP has posted an archived copy of the Webinar, along with its associated PowerPoint presentation, on the SBEAP Air Quality Rules webpage as well. The following table summarizes the four area source rules on which SBEAP is focusing this year: 


NESHAP Subpart

Area Source Name

Initial Notification Due

Compliance Date for Existing Sources*


Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines

CI** - 8/31/2010

SI** - 2/16/11

CI - 5/3/13

SI - 10/19/13


Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional

Boilers and Process Heaters


Initial tune up: 3/21/12***

Energy assessment: 3/21/14

Emission limits: 3/21/14


Chemical Manufacturing




Paints and Allied Manufacturing




* With certain criteria

** CI is compression ignition, SI is spark ignition

***Date is being reconsidered


For more information on these area source rules or other air regulations, call SBEAP at 800-578-8898 or email at sbeap@ksu.edu.

Awaiting article from SBEAP or Bureau.

Upcoming Events 

The Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT): Hazard Assessment tool for small and medium size businesses

December 6 Webinar 


Because of the high level of technical and resource commitments required by many hazard assessment tools, a simpler alternative called the Quick Chemical Assessment Tool (QCAT) has been developed by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). 




Space is limited!



New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Kansas City, MO

02/07/2013 - 02/09/2013


With its focus on smart growth, this conference draws a national audience of local elected officials and city and county staff; state and federal agency leaders; professionals in planning, transportation, public health, landscape architecture, architecture, parks and recreation, public works and crime prevention; realtors, developers, builders and bankers; advocates for equity and environmental justice, youth, older adults, and walking and biking; labor representatives; school leaders and staff; environmentalists; and all others committed to building safer, healthier and more livable communities everywhere.


Contact info:  Michele Kelso Warren at 913-448-1198 x308 

Web Site:  www.newpartners.org/

Email:  mkwarren@lgc.org




Are you a small business that has questions regarding compliance with environmental regulations or permits? Don't hesitate to call Kansas State University's Small Business Environmental Assistance Program for free, confidential technical assistance! Simply call 800-578-8898 or visit www.sbeap.org.


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