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August 2010

Public Availability Meeting Scheduled, Coffeyville Resources Terminal LLC, Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites the community to a Public Availability Meeting to ask questions about investigation and cleanup activities associated with the Coffeyville Resources Terminal (CRT), and discuss proposed actions to remove contamination from beneath the residential area located south of the Terminal.

The Public Availability Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at the Fisher Building located at 205 F Street, Phillipsburg, Kansas, so that the community can learn about and discuss the proposal to install a recovery well system in the general vicinity of Cable Road and Spruce Street. EPA and CRT personnel will be available to meet one on one with the public to answer questions and explain the proposal. All members of the public are welcome to attend anytime between 7 and 9 p.m.


The Coffeyville Resources Terminal facility is located approximately ½ mile north of Phillipsburg, Kansas, on U.S. Highway 183, and due east of Plotner Creek which runs north to south on the west side of the facility. The facility was operated as a refinery from 1939 until April 1992. It was originally operated under the name of the Cooperative

You Are Invited

Representatives from EPA and CRT will be available to provide information and answer questions at a public availability meeting on Thursday, August 26, 2010, from 7 to 9 p.m. The meeting will be held at the

Fisher Building
205 F Street
Phillipsburg, Kansas

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.

Refinery Association, Inc. (CRA), until 1982 when CRA merged into Farmland Industries, Inc. Since 1992, when refining operations were discontinued, the facility has been operated as a petroleum bulk terminal, storing petroleum products for loading and transport to other locations. In 2003, CRT acquired the facility out of the Farmland Industries bankruptcy, and assumed responsibility for investigation and remediation of petroleum contamination associated with past activities and releases at the facility, even though they did not cause the contamination.


Ground water contamination associated with the refinery was discovered in 1972, when petroleum discharges to Plotner Creek were reported to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Investigations identified petroleum products (leaded gasoline and diesel) floating on top of the ground water below the facility, and on the ground water south and southwest of the facility.

The investigations also identified petroleum compounds in the soil on the facility and dissolved petroleum compounds in the ground water beneath the facility and beyond the facility boundaries. The petroleum compounds identified include, but are not limited to: benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene, 1,2 dichloroethane, lead, chromium and arsenic.

Recovery well systems have been installed previously at the facility for the purpose of removing floating and dissolved petroleum from the ground water under the tank farm and former process areas of the facility, and preventing further movement of the contaminants away from the facility and to Plotner Creek.

A monitoring system has been installed and sampled to locate and track the petroleum-contaminated ground water. The monitoring network has shown petroleum product and dissolved petroleum compounds beneath the facility, adjacent to Plotner Creek, and beneath the neighborhood south of the facility.

EPA is in the process of finalizing the investigation, evaluating the data, and working with CRT to explore options for the final, long term cleanup; however, the actions to be taken under this interim proposal are necessary to prevent the further spread of the petroleum contamination and to minimize the potential risk to human health. The recovery well system proposed is anticipated to be part of the final cleanup.


In order to remove floating petroleum and dissolved petroleum constituents from the ground water, and prevent further spread of the contamination, CRT has proposed to install a system of 17 recovery wells (9 new and 8 existing recovery wells) in an area between West Quail Road on the north, Maple Street on the south, Second Street on the east, and west of Prospect Avenue to the west.

Water pumped from the wells will be transmitted through underground piping to a central control and recovery building with an oil water separator and a lift station to transfer the water to the facility's existing wastewater treatment system. The recovered oil will be temporarily stored in a tank and routinely collected by CRT and transferred to the facility.


To join the mailing list, or for additional information about this public availability meeting or the site, please contact

Beckie Himes
Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S. EPA, Region 7
Office of Public Affairs
901 N. 5th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
Phone: (913) 551-7253
Toll-free: (800) 223-0428
E-mail: himes.beckie@epa.gov

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