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Fact Sheet

August 2010

Public Comment for Proposed RCRA Part II Permit Renewal, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas


EPA Region 7 invites the public to comment on the proposed Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Part II permit renewal for the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.  The public comment period will run from August 11, through September 24, 2010

EPA will hold a public availability meeting at the Leavenworth Public Library on August 19, 2010, so community members can learn about the proposal.  EPA will be available to meet one-on-one to answer questions.  All members of the public are welcome to attend anytime from 4 to 7 p.m., to ask questions about the proposed permit renewal. 

Written comments on the proposed cleanup plans should be mailed or e-mailed no later than September 24, 2010, and should be sent to:

Bruce Morrison
901 N. Fifth St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
e-mail: morrison.bruce@epa.gov

You're Invited

Representatives from EPA will be available to provide information and answer questions regarding the proposed Part II permit renewal at a public availability meeting on August 19, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Leavenworth Public Library, Jahn Room, 417 Spruce St., Leavenworth, Kansas.  The public is welcome to attend and ask questions about the proposed cleanup plans.

EPA Region 7 is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in the meeting, please notify the EPA Reasonable Accommodations Coordinator, Jonathan Cooper, 800-223-0425 or at cooper.jonathan@epa.gov.  Speech or hearing impaired individuals should e-mail or call using the local relay service.


Fort Leavenworth is an active U.S. Army installation where officers are trained for staff work.  Also, Fort Leavenworth provides long-term confinement for military prisoners in the United States Disciplinary Barracks.  Other significant activities include coordination of combined arms collective training and the National Simulation Center.  The Fort has been active since 1827. 

The purpose of this draft RCRA Part II permit is to guide Fort Leavenworth in the process of investigating and cleaning up areas where contaminants have been or may have been released. 


A total of 74 areas or solid waste management units (SWMU) have been identified at the Fort Leavenworth facility.  SWMUs were contaminated from historical activities that included firing ranges, burn pits, land-filling of wastes, and fuel and chemical storage/spillage.

In summary, contaminants found at the facility include the following:

In Soil

In Groundwater:


EPA encourages the public to review the Administrative Record and comment on the proposed cleanup plan.  Comments or requests should be submitted by September 18, 2010.

Guidelines for Commenting:

The Administrative Record is available at the following locations during normal business hours:

Leavenworth Public Library
417 Spruce St.
Leavenworth, KS 66048
(913) 682-5666

EPA Region 7 Records Center
901 N. Fifth St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 551-7166

A formal public hearing has not been scheduled, but will be held if there is sufficient public interest.  Requests for a public hearing must be made in writing to the EPA contact at the address listed on page 1 and must state the nature of issues to be raised at the hearing.  EPA will evaluate any request and hold a formal hearing if it finds that a hearing will contribute to the decision-making process by clarifying significant issues affecting the cleanup remedy. 

EPA will make the proposed permit final only after the public comment period ends and all comments are reviewed.  EPA may modify the proposed permit or choose another one based on any new information and comments from the public.

Individuals may write to the EPA contact on page 1 to join the mailing list.  Joining the mailing list will allow an individual to receive any updated information directly throughout the cleanup process.

If you have questions or want to receive further information, please contact:

Beckie Himes
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. EPA Region 7
901 N. Fifth St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
Phone: 913-551-7253
Toll free:  1-800-223-0425
e-mail: himes.beckie@epa.gov

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