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Fact Sheet

June 2009

EPA to Host Public Availability Meeting, North 1st Street and Franklin Avenue, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 invites the public to attend a public availability meeting regarding the North 1st Street and Franklin Avenue investigation in Kansas City, Kan. Representatives from EPA and other agencies will be available to respond to community questions and concerns.


EPA will host a public availability meeting to provide additional information and answer questions on the EPA environmental investigation at N. 1st Street and Franklin Avenue. The availability meeting will be held: 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Juniper Gardens Community Center
1980 N. 2nd Street
Kansas City, Kansas


March 23, 2009
EPA collected samples of material from the site for testing in order to more clearly determine and define any potential environmental hazards that may be posed by material contained at the site.
The Unified Government constructed a security fence around the property to keep trespassers out.

April 17, 2009
EPA sampled soils from a community garden near North 1st Street and Franklin Avenue in response to community concern about the possibility of soil contamination in the community vegetable garden. Analysis of the samples showed very low levels of metals and pesticides in the soil. These levels are below concentrations that are considered harmful to health.

April 23, 2009
EPA hosted its first public meeting at the Juniper Gardens Community Center to provide sampling results to the public and respond to questions and concerns about the EPA investigation at the site.  At the conclusion of the meeting, EPA committed to host a second public meeting to share additional information that would be developed in the investigation.

June 18, 2009
EPA announced that the second public availability meeting would be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the Juniper Gardens Community Center. Representatives from EPA, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas City, Kan., Housing Authority; the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.; and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will be available to provide information and respond to questions.


EPA has created an Administrative Record for the 1st and Franklin Site. EPA encourages the community to review the Administrative Record to become informed about all of the environmental activities conducted at the site. The Administrative Record is available during normal business hours at the following location:

Juniper Gardens Community Center
1980 North 2nd Street
Kansas City, Kan. 66101
Contact:  Keith Levers
(913) 371-3708

If you have questions about the Administrative Record or need additional information, please contact Belinda Young at 913-551-7463 or by e-mail at young.belinda@epa.gov.


EPA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in the public meeting, please notify the EPA Reasonable Accommodations Coordinator, Sharon Nible, (1-800-223-0425) or by e-mail at nible.sharon@epa.gov at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. Speech or hearing impaired individuals should e-mail orcall using the local relay service.

For more information, please contact:
Local Residents and Community Members
Belinda Young
Community Involvement Coordinator

Media Organizations
Chris Whitley
Public Affairs Specialist

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