A Hazardous Waste Permit renewed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 allows Ash Grove Cement’s Chanute facility to continue container and tank storage, plus kiln burning, of hazardous waste. Issued pursuant to a comprehensive technical review and a late-2009 public hearing, followed by minor modifications to a preliminary draft, the renewed permit also contains technical and regulatory requirements targeting public health and environmental protection. Ash Grove began burning hazardous waste as fuel in 1988 and built a new kiln system in 2000, tripling clinker production without significant change in the alternative fuel consumption.
Currently under review by KDHE Division of Health in tandem with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry are pertinent health and medical data related to concerns raised by Chanute residents during the public comment period. A report on findings will be presented by early fall 2010 at a Chanute public meeting, where KDHE will make recommendations based on its review. Moreover, if the assessment demonstrates a need for Ash Grove permit revisions, KDHE and EPA can initiate the regulatory process to make appropriate modifications. Additional information regarding the permit can be obtained by contacting KDHE at 785/296-1600; or by e-mail: [email protected]