Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

BIG RIVER SAND CO.
WICHITA, 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 123-acre Big River Sand Co. Superfund site is a former sand and gravel mining operation located in Wichita, Kansas. During the 1970s, site operators disposed of drums of paint-related waste on the site next to a sand quarry lake. In 1978, the Big River Sand Company bought 80 acres of the site property. The state of Kansas led an investigation in 1982 that confirmed that many of the drums on site were damaged, corroded and leaking. Further studies found solvents and heavy metals in nearby residential wells in 1982 and 1984. From 1982 to 1984, the state provided oversight of the removal and cleanup activities performed by the property owner. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program's National Priorities List (NPL) in 1986. In 1988, a Record of Decision determined No Further Action was required for soil and groundwater cleanup. EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1992. Currently, a sand quarry and junkyard operate on the site.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2017, EPA had data on one on-site business. This business employed 5 people and generated an estimated $4,907,000 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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