Kansas Environmental News

Summer/Fall 2014

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In This Issue
Regulatory Agenda
KDHE Hosts the 2014 Kansas Environmental Conference
KDHE Recognizes CertainTeed Corporation's Siding Products Group for Pollution Prevention (P2) Efforts
When Should You Upgrade Your Boiler for Efficiency?
Brownfields Grant to Help Communities in Southeast Kansas
Air quality tools (spreadsheets)
Free Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop
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 the 2014 Kansas Environmental Conference

by Melissa Hammond, KDHE


The 2014 Kansas Environmental Conference was held August 5 - 7 at the Marriott Hotel in Wichita. The conference, which focused on environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and sustainability, recorded an impressive attendance of 400 individuals participating throughout the event.  


On Tuesday, August 5, the KDHE Bureau of Waste Management hosted a Basic Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop and an Advanced Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop.  Over 110 individuals attended these workshops to learn more about hazardous waste generator requirements and other topics.

Wichita Marriott Hotel


The Brownfields Workshop also took place on Tuesday with approximately 45 in attendance to learn about Brownfields properties and how to fund successful redevelopments through different available resources.


The conference commenced Wednesday morning with

a plenary session on the State of the Kansas Environment presented by John Mitchell, Director, KDHE Division of Environment.  In conjunction with Mr. Mitchell's presentation, KDHE Bureau Directors provided updates on each of their respective bureaus;  Rick Brunetti/Bureau of Air, Mike Tate/Bureau of Water, William Bider/Bureau of Waste Management, and Leo Henning/Bureau of Environmental Remediation.


Concurrent sessions covered various topics related to air, water, waste, remediation, sustainability and pollution prevention. The conference closed with a plenary session entitled "From Fertilizer Plant to Lawrence Venture Park:  Coupling Environmental Restoration with Economic Development" co-presented by Matt Bond, P.E. City of Lawrence and Chris Carey P.G. KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation. 


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


Conference presentations are now available online at http://www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/2014environment_conf.html.  If you would like to participate in the planning of the 2015 Kansas Environmental Conference, please email Melissa Hammond at mhammond@kdheks.gov.

KDHE Recognizes CertainTeed Corporation's


Siding Products Group Pollution Prevention (P2) Efforts



The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced the 2014 Pollution Prevention (P2) Award recipient during an awards luncheon at the Kansas Environmental Conference, held August 5-7 at the Wichita Marriott Hotel.


John Mitchell, Director, KDHE's Division of Environment, presented the Pollution Prevention with Distinction Award plaque to the CertainTeed Corporation, Siding Products Group, out of McPherson, KS.  Plant Manager, Janet Lynch, Plant Engineer Austin Butcher, and Environmental Team Leader, Pat Reeves, accepted the award on behalf of CertainTeed Corporation.


L-R: Austin Butcher - CertainTeed, John Mitchell - KDHE, Janet Lynch - CertainTeed, and Pat Reeves - CertainTeed


CertainTeed Corporation, Siding Products Group, McPherson Kansas, is a building material company. The McPherson plant is being awarded the Pollution Prevention Award with Distinction for its efforts to conserve water, reduce pollution, and save energy.  Following are just a few highlights from their application:

  • They converted the manufacturing facility water cooled closed loop - chilled water system to an air cooled - closed top chilled water system. The volume of water conserved as a result of this project was approximately 150,000 gallons of water per month.
  • They also eliminated water bottle waste by implementing a new drinking water delivery project with dispenser installed at direct points of service throughout the facility versus the former system of providing bottled water to employees. This project resulted in the quantity of plastic beverage bottle waste from 2012 to 2014 being reduced by 3,400 lbs.
  • Furthermore, they replaced Distribution Center bulbs and lighting fixtures with energy efficient T5 high output fluorescent bulbs, coupled with motion sensors to automatically turn lights on and off in response to varying warehouse area activity. The replacement project involved four bulbs per lighting fixture with the added motion sensors. The introduction of the T5 high output fluorescent bulbs saved approximately 200,000 kWh saved per year.

The Kansas Pollution Prevention Program promotes pollution prevention as an environmental ethic to achieve improvements in public health and environmental quality.  The Pollution Prevention Award recognizes projects that eliminate or reduce the generation of pollutants or wastes at the source or projects that conserve natural resources. The Pollution Prevention with Distinction Award goes above and beyond Pollution Prevention Award by meeting at least one of the following distinctive qualifications:

  • Quantitative environmental health impacts (workers or the community).
  • The project can be used by similar organizations in different locations within the state.
  • P2 projects encompassing multiple processes or media.

Congratulations to the 2014 Pollution Prevention with Distinction Award recipient!


Learn more about these projects and the Pollution Prevention Awards by visiting http://www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/p2_pollution_prevention_awards.html.


When should you upgrade your boiler for efficiency?  

by K-State Pollution Prevention Institute 


New updates in boiler design and technology have produced more efficient boilers that do not require as much maintenance as older boilers. This means cost savings through less energy use and labor. It also reduces air pollutants, specifically NOx or nitrogen oxides, a by-product of combustion. NOx emissions are an "ozone precursor," meaning NOx is part of what produces ground-0 level ozone. This is sometimes referred to as smog and is harmful to human health, especially respiratory health. Although natural gas boilers emit NOx, wood and oil-fueled boilers emit significantly more NOx emissions.


Think about this - an older boiler may still be running, but is it the right size for its use? Have processes or needs at your facility changed? Twenty years ago, boilers were oversized for the worst weather day of the year. Today, engineers size boilers differently; they size them for the average-temperature day and boilers have modulators that automatically control their fuel use based on the current weather. This means, in many cases, a steam boiler can be replaced with a smaller hot water boiler, saving money.


Facility owners should consider no-cost and low-cost boiler updates such as -

  • Operational changes can add up fast. One school district reduced energy costs nearly 40% through operational changes alone.
  • Insulation seems like common sense, but in looking around boiler rooms, many have room for improvement. Uninsulated steam distribution and condensate return lines are a steady source of wasted energy. According to the Department of Energy, insulation can cut energy losses by 90% and help make sure there is enough steam pressure for plant equipment.
  • Low-NOx burners are a part of most new boilers, but can be a retrofit option for facilities that don't plan to replace older units. Low-NOx burners put out 50% less NOx and call for less maintenance. Consult your boiler burner manufacturer to learn more about retrofitting your boilers.

If you would like to learn more, the Kansas SBEAP recently published a factsheet and case study document on this topic and hosted a Webinar. If you have additional questions, e-mail SBEAP or call them at 800-578-8898.

Brownfields Grant to Help Communities in Southeast Kansas
by Maggie Weiser, KDHE   


Abandoned and underutilized ("brownfields") properties exist in all Kansas communities whether big, small, or rural and include former gas stations, dry cleaners, industrial and commercial areas, manufacturing facilities, residential areas, or greenspace and parks. As part of an ongoing effort to clean up and reinvest in these properties, the Kansas Brownfields Program (KBP) in the Bureau of Environmental Remediation collaborated with the City of Chanute, City of Ottawa, and Fort Scott/Bourbon County Riverfront Authority (Kansas Brownfields Coalition) to apply for and receive a $600,000 Brownfields Coalition Assessment Grant through the U.S. EPA's Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grants program. This unique Kansas Brownfields Coalition partnership provides KDHE the opportunity to further enhance its existing brownfields program and reach out to more neighborhoods that might not otherwise have access to resources to address redevelopment of blighted areas in their communities. The majority of smaller Kansas communities simply do not have the resources to apply for ARC grant dollars and rely on State assistance with their brownfields development projects.


Prior to joining the Kansas Brownfields Coalition, all three municipal coalition members previously submitted separate Brownfields Assessment Grant applications but were unsuccessful. The Fort Scott/Bourbon County Riverfront Authority grant applications were submitted in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 after three Phase I brownfields targeted assessments (BTAs) identified the need for Phase II environmental site assessments. The Phase I BTAs were conducted on vacated land adjoining the Marmaton River which is proposed for redevelopment into a Riverfront Park consisting of waterfront features, recreational and picnic areas, a botanical garden, open greenspaces, and pedestrian/bike trails.


The City of Ottawa identified and prioritized several properties within the Main Street corridor for brownfields redevelopment and submitted grant proposals in 2010 and 2011, both of which were not selected for funding. The environmental uncertainties associated with one of these identified properties, the Skyhook Building, has prevented several prospective purchasers from purchasing the property for redevelopment and reuse. Located along Ottawa's main thoroughfare, this property is situated in a great location for establishing a new or expanding an existing business.  A brownfields assessment is essential to allowing this vacant building to once again become a viable asset to the community.


The City of Chanute applied for ARC grant funding in 2011 to assist with several brownfields redevelopment projects including Katy Park, the former golf course, and several commercial and industrial properties. Receiving a brownfields assessment grant would have jumpstarted these redevelopment projects.


By combining State and Coalition Grant funding resources, a total of 68 acres of riverfront property has been assessed and cleared for park redevelopment over the past six months. Following these essential brownfields assessments, the first phase of the Fort Scott/Bourbon County Riverfront Park redevelopment project, was completed on June 27, 2014. This portion of the project was funded by a $100,000 grant administered by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and a 25% ($25,000) match of in-kind resources (i.e., labor and construction) provided by the City of Fort Scott and Bourbon County. The second phase of the project, known as the River Loop Road, is scheduled for bidding in August 2014 and will be funded by a U.S. Department of Transportation $1,545,000 grant. A few other redevelopment projects located in Fort Scott have benefited from Coalition Grant funding including the proposed Lowell Milken Center Site and the Western Building and Tower properties.


In Ottawa, both a Phase I and Phase II BTA were performed using Coalition Grant funds on the Skyhook Building property in January and June 2014, respectively. Following the completion of the Phase II, the property was cleared for reuse and the City and current owner began negotiating terms with potential buyers to sell this property.


A brownfields assessment which included asbestos sampling, mold and lead based characterization was completed under the Coalition Grant on a downtown vacant commercial building in Chanute. The BTA was conducted for a local business owner looking to purchase and renovate a former furniture store in order to expand an existing business. The business owner applied for financial assistance through the City's Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) and an environmental site assessment was required as part of the RLF process. Following completion of the BTA process, the property was cleared for redevelopment. Katy Park in Chanute also received brownfields assistance under the Coalition Grant. A Phase I BTA was conducted in May 2014 and the Phase II BTA is currently underway. Putting these properties back into productive use will provide essential jobs and services to the communities in which they reside, representing the very ideals of the brownfields program.


With limited and shrinking federal funding for the Kansas Brownfields Program, this Coalition Grant has allowed for financial support and technical assistance to small/rural communities for the assessment and cleanup planning of brownfields properties. To date, eleven properties, totaling approximately ninety-two acres, have been assessed with Coalition Grant funds and several other properties have been identified and are waiting assessment. Ultimately redeveloping brownfields properties improves and protects the environment, facilitates job growth,  increases local tax bases, fosters future economic development opportunities, utilizes existing infrastructure, and takes development pressures off of undeveloped land.



For more information regarding the Kansas Brownfields Coalition Grant, Kansas Brownfields Program, or other general brownfields inquiries, please visit our website at: http://www.kdheks.gov/brownfields/index.html or call 785-296-5519.



Air quality tools (spreadsheets)

by K-State Pollution Prevention Institute


Does your business need to estimate its air emissions? Or maybe you already have an air permit, but struggle with recordkeeping? The Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) has developed a number of air quality tools (spreadsheets) to assist you, including ones for the following equipment, processes, and rules:

-         Boilers

-         Engines

-         Painting/coating operations

-         Grain elevators

-         Class II permit-by-rules

-         WWWW NESHAP (National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air pollutants)

           for reinforced plastics composites production


In June 2014, potential-to-emit (PTE) tools for boilers and engines were updated, now giving you the option to add emissions from multiple units together and include manufacturer's emission data. The painting and coating PTE/recordkeeping tool also underwent a major revision and now gives you the ability to input ten years' worth of data, while selecting any 12-month running total period. The grain elevator PTE spreadsheet has been reformatted and is currently under review.


In the upcoming months, a new tool to assist Johnson and Wyandotte county facilities in keeping daily records of VOC use in coatings (K.A.R. 28-19-73) will be developed, along with a spreadsheet for those subject to the MMMM NESHAP (surface coating of metals). The WWWW NESHAP tool will be updated as well.


These can be found at www.sbeap.org by going to "Resources" and selecting "Air" from the drop down box and then clicking on "Tools." Contact SBEAP by email or at 800-578-8898, if you have questions or suggestions for improvement. Sign up for SBEAP's monthly email newsletter to be notified when new tools are available and for other environmental compliance-related information.



In addition to using the new SBEAP PTE tools to evaluate and track emissions, facility managers can also use the tools to look for trends and identify pollution prevention opportunities. Need help identifying how your facility can change the process, materials, or technology to reduce pollution at the source? Call the environmental hotline at 800-578-8898 and talk with a specialist that can help.






Free Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop 

Presented by the Kansas Department of

Health and Environment

 Bureau of Waste Management 








The basic workshop (offered in the mornings) is designed as an introductory course in Kansas hazardous waste regulations (RCRS), including:

  • Waste Determinations
  • Container Management
  • Generator Classifications
  • Emergency Preparedness and Training Requirements
  • What to Expect During an Inspection

The advanced workshop (offered in the afternoons) will provide a more detailed look at the following (plus additional advanced topics):

  • e-Manifesting Update
  • Batteries and Precious Metals Regulation (40 CFR Part 266)
  • Solvent Contaminated Wipes Rule in KS
  • Used Oil Requirements
  • Corrective Action
  • Weekly Inspections
  • Training
  • 90 and 180-day Storage Limits
  • Evaporation of Waste

 Feel free to attend one or both workshops!

Registration is required to ensure there are enough seats and to be able to contact participants in case cancellations due to weather, or change in venue due to size constraints.  Registration must be completed online at:  Free Hazardous Waste Generator Workshops 2014 
Certificates will NOT be provided.  In confirmation of attendance is needed, a KDHE representative can sign forms provided to them at the time of the workshop.  No confirmations will be provided after the date of the workshop.
If you have questions, contact Rebecca Wenner at 785-296-1604 or rwenner@kdheks.gov.

9:00 to 12:00 (Basic)

1:00 - 4:00 (Advanced)

Memorial Bldg, Alliance Rm, 3rd Floor, 101 S. Lincoln, park west of Memorial Bldg and enter from north street level doors.


9:00 to 12:00 (Basic)

1:00 to 3:30 (Advanced)

Sedgwick County Extension Office, 4-H Room, 7001 W. 21st St North, Wichita, KS 67205

9:00 to 12:00 (Basic)

1:00 - 4:00 (Advanced)

Chamber of Commerce, Annex Room A and B, 120 W Ash St, Salina, KS. Park in parking lot east of building.


City Area 


9:00 to 12:00 (Basic)

1:00 - 4:00 (Advanced)

Johnson County Dept. of Health & Environment, 11811 S. Sunset Dr, Rm 1075, Olathe KS  66061



9:00 to 12:00 (Basic)

1:00 - 4:00 (Advanced)

High Plains Journal, 1500 East Wyatt Earp.  Park in the back of the building, enter through double glass doors.

Sticky Notes mark your calendar   

Upcoming Events
(Webinar)  The Leading Edge of New Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies Coming to the Market
September 4, 2014
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Leadership from Department of Energy (DOE) and other research centers will provide the latest information on where renewable energy technology is headed and the implications for profitable deployment.
To register please visit:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/436213296  
7th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference
October 7-8, 2014
Dubuque, IA
Whether you're a public official trying to develop a green local economy, a college or hospital administrator working to reduce your institution's carbon footprint, or a business owner just hoping to lower your monthly utility bill, it's almost certain you'll be more successful by joining with like-minded people to brainstorm ideas and develop solutions that benefit everyone. Sustainability is a community affair.

To register please visit:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-growing-sustainable-communities-conference-registration-10874057599  



Balancing Nature and Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes

November 4-6, 2014

Manhattan, KS


During this 3-day course being offered in Kansas this year, community-based teams will focus on the economics, community character, natural resources, and partnership building skills necessary for creating sustainable communities. Teams will identify opportunities to differentiate their communities based upon their unique assets, have the opportunity to hear the latest trends in bringing alternative energy or transportation or sustainable agriculture practices to their rural communities, and develop specific action plans for implementation when they return home!


To register please visit: https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50714/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=77310


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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