Superfund Site:

CHEROKEE COUNTY
GALENA, KS

Superfund Site Profile

Site Contacts

Community Involvement Coordinator
Elizabeth Kramer
(913) 551-7186

Remedial Project Manager
Elizabeth Hagenmaier
(913) 551-7939

Site Location

Street Address:
SOUTHEAST PORTION OF THE STATE OF KS
GALENA, KS 66739

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Background

The Cherokee County Superfund site is a former mining area in southeast Kansas, part of a larger regional mining area known as the Tri-State Mining District. It covers about 115 square miles. Over 100 years of widespread lead and zinc mining created piles of mine tailings covering more than 4,000 acres. The mine tailings contaminated groundwater with lead, zinc and cadmium. Following cleanup, operation and maintenance activities and monitoring are ongoing.

The Site is divided into seven subsites that are grouped and divided into nine operable units (OUs). Lead and zinc mining was conducted for over 100 years from the middle ...
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