In October 2018, the Flint Hills Regional Council (FHRC) received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct Brownfields Assessments in the FHRC area. An EPA Brownfields Assessment Kickoff Meeting was held in the Manhattan City Commission Room on November 13th. A coalition made up of Geary, Riley, Morris and Lyon Counties as well as the Cities of Junction City and Manhattan was formed. Forty percent of the $600,000, three year grant will be used in coalition areas, while the rest can be used in both coalition areas and other areas served by FHRC. The grant will cover 100 percent of 26 phase-1 assessments; 16 phase-2 assessments; Asbestos, lead-based paint, and hazardous building materials surveys for up to six sites; Response Action Plans for up to six sites; Area-wide reuse plans for two brownfield impacted areas or neighborhoods. FHRC will be creating an advisory committee of both coalition and non-coalition members as well as KSU Technical Assistance to Brownfields and Kansas Department of Health and Environment. FHRC hopes to start the process of identify and prioritizing sites in the region and conducting public outreach meetings in early 2019.
Attached below is the Flint Hills site nomination form, that can be filled out and submitted to FHRC.