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CHEMCENTRAL Fire Response Environmental Sample Results

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on February 7, 2007, a large fire and smoke plume was visible from the EPA Regional Office in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Shortly thereafter, EPA On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) and other EPA staff began coordinating a large-scale response to the CHEMCENTRAL fire at 901 N. Prospect, which would last well into the morning of February 8.

Preliminary reports from the scene and other information sources indicated the likelihood of the fire being fueled by mineral spirits - a general hydrocarbon solvent.  Teams from various entities, including EPA, deployed throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area to conduct real-time air monitoring for certain contaminants to assess the fire's impact on the surrounding population's health and welfare. Most real-time air monitoring instruments do not measure for specific contaminants; rather, they give a general indication of air quality conditions. In addition, data were collected and assessed from the fixed ambient air monitoring stations which are sited to assess compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  (See Attachment 1 on the NAAQS for information on these standards.)  

The summary report, divided into the files below, provides information regarding the environmental samples that were collected, what was found in those samples, and what the results mean in terms of potential impacts on public health.

Summary Report Narrative [PDF] (10 pp, 85 KB)
Tables 1 - 9 [PDF] (13 pp, 1.0 MB)
Attachments 1 and 2 (NAAQS and ASPECT Report) [PDF] (14 pp, 1.0 MB)
Attachment 3, Part 1 (Analytical Laboratory Data listed in Table 4) [PDF] (57 pp, 3.7 MB)
Attachment 3, Part 2 (Analytical Laboratory Data listed in Table 4, continued) [PDF] (39 pp, 1.6 MB)
Attachments 4 - 7 (Analytical Laboratory Data listed in Table 5, 7, 8 & 9) [PDF] (54 pp, 1.7 MB)
Vicinity Map with Sampling Locations [PDF] (1 page, 714 KB)


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