Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

CHEMICAL COMMODITIES, INC.
OLATHE, KS

Redevelopment

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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The Chemical Commodities, Inc. (CCI) Superfund site is located in Olathe, Kansas. CCI was a chemical brokerage facility that conducted recycling activities that often spilled or leaked hazardous chemicals. Other on-site companies performed chemical repackaging and storage activities. CCI stored chemicals of all types on the property in aboveground and underground storage tanks and drums. Nearby residents reported many fires and explosions at the site during the 1960s and 1970s. EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1994. Cleanup activities included removing and disposing of contaminated soil, putting land use controls in place, treating and managing groundwater contamination, and maintaining a vapor control system. The potentially responsible parties worked with EPA and other organizations to develop a walk-through educational natural habitat for Monarch butterflies on the site. Participating organizations include two outreach programs: Monarch Watch, which is focused on education, research and conservation of monarch butterflies and the Pollinator Partnership, which promotes the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Also, Monarch Joint Venture, a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States; Wildlife Habitat Council, a nonprofit, non-lobbying group of corporations, conservation organizations and individuals dedicated to restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat, protecting biodiversity and educating communities; and the CCI Community Advisory Group coordinated to develop the habitat. The site includes habitat for birds, bees and butterflies; a tagging station for migrating butterflies; and informational kiosks along a walking trail. An October 2012 ribbon-cutting ceremony formally opened the former CCI Superfund site as the new Pollinator Prairie. The site provides a beautified landscape for the surrounding neighborhood and offers the local community an educational opportunity to learn the importance of pollination.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2016, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup. For more background, see Institutional Controls.

The primary contaminants include TCE and its degradation products. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/ToxProfiles/tp.asp?id=173&tid=30

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