KDHE Seeks Public Comment On Galena Site

By: AP Posted by Amanda Lanum
By: AP Posted by Amanda Lanum

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas health officials are seeking public comments on a plan to clean up pollution at a former smelter site in the southeastern part of the state.

Officials of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment planned to outline the remediation plan for the Eagle Picher Smelter Site in Galena during a City Council meeting Monday night.

A draft of the plan will also be available at Galena City Hall and at KDHE offices in Topeka until the comment period ends Aug. 23.

The Eagle Picher site processed lead, zinc and cadmium for decades until it was closed in 2004. Tests found pollution from lead, mercury and other toxins in soil, sediment and surface water.

Officials have said capping and consolidating the waste onsite would be the most cost-effective solution.

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