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Coffeyville, Kansas, Flood and Oil Response

Aerial photo of Coffeyville, Kansas oil boom  setting containment boom on oil slick at Coffeyville Kansas  high water marks on house at Coffeville, Kansas

Beginning June 26 and continuing through June 30, 2007, strong storms across south central and southeast Kansas produced torrential rainfall and subsequent flooding/flash flooding. Up to 21 inches of rain was reported near Fredonia (Wilson County), Kansas. EPA deployed two On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) to the incident in the early morning of July 1, 2007. They conducted air monitoring and assessed the flooded areas. The OSCs coordinated with the local incident commander from the Coffeyville, Kan., Fire Department.

On July 2, 2007, additional OSCs were dispatched to Coffeyville with the EPA Mobile Command Post to perform monitoring and coordinate pollution assessments related to the flooding. EPA Region 7 OSCs are coordinating with OSCs in EPA Region 6 as well as state OSCs in Kansas and Oklahoma. EPA aircraft were deployed to assess the extent of flooding and areas potentially polluted by releases caused by the flooding. EPA began taking flood water and air samples July 2nd. Sampling will continue until Monday, July 9, when we expect Coffeyville Resources to implement their sampling plan.

Sampling Results

Samples from Coffeyville Refinery Secondary Confinement Pumping from July 6-12, 2007 (PDF) (4 pp, 76K, About PDF)
Surface Water Sample Data from July 6-9, 2007 (PDF) (9 pp, 162K, About PDF)
Summa Canister (Air) Data from July 10-11, 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 36K, About PDF)
Fecal Coliform Sample Data from July 9, 2007 (PDF) (1 pg, 28K, About PDF)

Summary of Water, Air, and Fecal Coliform Sampling Results from July 2-9, 2007
Surface Water Sample Data from July 2-5, 2007 (PDF) (5 pp, 102K, About PDF)
Summa Canister (Air) Data from July 2-9, 2007 (PDF) (6 pp, 133K, About PDF)
Fecal Coliform Sample Data from July 4-6, 2007 (PDF) (1 pg, 37K, About PDF)

Sampling Maps

Water Sampling Locations - July 1-9, 2007 (PDF) (1 pg, 299K, About PDF)
Water Sampling Locations (Fecal Coliform Only) - July 1-9, 2007 (PDF) (1 pg, 301K, About PDF)
Air Sampling Locations - July 2-4, 2007 (PDF) (1 pg, 299K, About PDF)
Air Sampling Locations - July 5-9, 2007 (PDF) (1 pg, 301K, About PDF)

Other Links

July 13 News Release: EPA Reports on Coffeyville Oil Spill Air and Water Samples

July 10 News Release: EPA and Refinery Reach Agreement to Address Coffeyville Oil Spill

July 6 News Release: Citizens Warned About Fecal Coliform in Flooded Areas

July 3 News Release: EPA Region 7 and ATSDR Provide Recommendations to Residents Returning to Flooded Homes in Coffeyville, Kansas

July 2 News Release: EPA Region 7 Responds to Oil Spill in Coffeyville, Kansas

Fact Sheet: Return Home Safely! Safety Recommendations for Returning to Your Home after a Flood (PDF) (2 pp, 101K, About PDF)

Flooding Tips - How to recover and reduce risks

Informational Fliers

Say No to CO! (carbon monoxide) (PDF) (1 pg, 106K, About PDF) en Español
Electricity is SHOCKING! (PDF) (1 pg, 89K, About PDF) en Español
Drink Safe Water (PDF) 1 pg, 68K, About PDF) en Español
Eat Safe Food (PDF) (1 pg, 144K, About PDF) en Español
Get Rid of Mold (PDF) (1 pg, 169K, About PDF) en Español
Wash Your Hands (PDF) (1 pg, 91K, About PDF) en Español
Kill Germs With Bleach (PDF) (1 pg, 147K, About PDF) en Español
Getting Rid of Cleaning Products and Other Chemicals (PDF) (1 pg, 78K, About PDF) en Español

Public Service Announcements

"Flood Water" (:30 secs, 473kb, MP3) en Español
Dealing with polluted flood water creates important challenges. Here's what to do. Remove standing water quickly. Discard wet, absorbent materials that can't be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Dry out the building. When fumes aren't a problem and if electricity is available and safe, remove moisture by closing windows and running a dehumidifier or window air conditioner. Limit your contact with flood water. Don't even breathe mists from flood water. When cleaning, wear gloves, goggles, and a respirator or a dust mask. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"Private Wells and Flood Water" (:30 secs, 472kb, MP3) en Español
Flood water can contaminate private wells. No public agency monitors the water quality inside these wells. That's the responsibility of the owner. Don't use water from a flooded well for any purpose until you've talked with proper health authorities. Don't turn on the pump and don't flush the well. You should have the well disinfected by a well contractor. Afterward, have the water sampled and tested to make sure it's safe. Just because it looks and smells safe, doesn't mean it actually is. This message is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"Household Cleaners" (:30 secs, 473kb, MP3) en Español
Flood cleanup involves cleaners, disinfectants, and pesticides...used carefully. Mixing household cleaners and disinfectants — such as bleach and ammonia — can produce dangerous toxic fumes. Open windows and doors. Don't stay in a room longer than necessary, and allow plenty of time to air out the room. If it's safe to use electricity, use fans to keep the air circulating. Keep all household products out of sight and away from children. Call 1-800-222-1222 immediately in case of poisoning. From U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"Protective Gear" en Español
The use of protective clothing and equipment is essential when cleaning up after a flood. Contaminated water and sludge may contain harmful organisms, chemicals and heavy metals. Gloves are essential. So are goggles that don't contain air holes. Dust kicked up from sweeping and other activities can release contaminants into the air. It's advisable to protect yourself from dust by using an N–95 respirator, which costs around six dollars at many hardware stores. This message is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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