Region 7 Air Program
Serving Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and 9 Tribal Nations
Federal and state regulators have completed the second phase of
environmental screenings in Chanute, Kan. These results are for the
odor screening sampling conducted between August 2011 and March 2012
by scientists and technicians in a joint state-federal partnership
between the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7. The odor
monitoring effort was designed to sample and identify potential
odor-causing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when odors were reported
by the public to the KDHE spill line. Results indicate that the VOCs
identified in the air samples were consistent with the amounts commonly
found in urban outdoor air in the United States. The final report and
associated data are available at the links below.
The final phase of environmental screening in Chanute involves
ambient air sampling for particulate matter. EPA and KDHE began
collecting these samples in December 2011. An interim report on
the status of this study is also available in the links below.
The data collected to date are very comparable and well below
the PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Comparison
of the Chanute screening level data set for PM2.5 will be performed
with additional quality-assured continuous PM2.5 data from
surrounding metropolitan areas when it becomes available.