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The Big River Sand site is located in Wichita, Kansas. The site covers 123 acres, and about half of the site property was extensively mined for sand and gravel.

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What Is Being Done to Clean Up the Site?

No further action is needed at the site.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

The site property consists of the former mining area, wooded areas with heavy vegetation and areas used to store construction debris and remains in similar condition from when the removal was completed.

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EPA’s Involvement at the Site

During the 1970s, the site owner accepted approximately 2,000 drums of paint-related wastes for disposal. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) halted disposal activities because the property owner did not have a permit to store or dispose of the waste. KDHE conducted an initial site inspection in August 1982 and identified damaged, corroded and leaking drums. Subsequent KDHE sampling determined that the drums contained hazardous wastes, including waste solvents, heavy metals and volatile organic compounds.

In September 1982, KDHE issued an order to conduct a removal action. From 1982 to 1984, the property owner disposed of the paint sludges at an off-site landfill and recycled the solvents at an off-site facility. KDHE collected groundwater samples during this time and found contamination exceeding cleanup levels. As a result, the site was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) in May 1986. 

A remedial investigation/feasibility study was performed to select the final remedy. EPA, in consultation with KDHE, determined that the site did not pose significant threat to public health and the environment and recommended no further action be taken. The EPA removed the site from the NPL in October 1992.

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