KDHE will assess land near Lenexa parks for possible contamination from dry cleaner

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By Jerry LaMartina

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will assess soil and groundwater at three sites in two Lenexa parks for possible contamination attributed to the Pride Cleaners dry cleaning store at 8740 Lackman Road.

The sites are at 8870 Lackman, in Bois D’Arc Park; and at 14907 W. 87th St. Parkway and 8825 Lackman, in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.

The Lenexa City Council unanimously approved a resolution on the issue at its Tuesday night meeting as part of its consent agenda, without discussion. The resolution authorizes Mayor Michael Boehm to execute three agreements with KDHE for the agency to access the parks to conduct the assessments and, if necessary, to install permanent groundwater monitoring wells, according to a Tuesday memo to the council from Assistant City Attorney Steven Shrout.

KDHE’s involvement is authorized by the Kansas Dry Cleaning Program, which was created when the Kansas Drycleaner Environmental Response Act went into effect, on July 1, 1995, according to KDHE’s website. The program provides for registering dry cleaning facilities, preventing pollution and monitoring soil and groundwater contamination at the facilities. State-led investigations and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination connected to dry cleaning facilities are funded through a Dry Cleaning Facility Release Trust Fund.

The Pride Cleaners store at 8740 Lackman was accepted into the trust fund and prioritized for funding in October 2005, according to Shrout’s memo. The property owner had found soil and groundwater contamination at the site, but the site “did not rank high enough for immediate funding” from the KDHE program and was backlogged.

KDHE’s work will include boring holes 2 inches in diameter into the soil to collect samples and then restoring the properties to their prior condition. A groundwater monitoring well is a flush-mounted vault about 8 inches in diameter, surrounded by a 4-square-foot concrete pad.

“After installation, there will be no above-ground obstruction and the monitoring wells will only be accessed during periodic groundwater sampling events,” according to Shrout’s memo. “The monitoring wells will remain installed until remediation of any identified contamination is complete.”

KDHE will update the city on its planned activities at the sites, coordinate access before starting work and consult with the city for approval of the locations of any and all monitoring wells before installing them, if necessary.

The parks and recreation and fire departments reviewed the planned work and the agreements between the city and KDHE and expressed no concerns about the assessments.

City staff recommended that the council approve the resolution authorizing the agreements with KDHE.