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Millenia Productions - Burrton TCRA

Site Contact:
Daniel O'Crowley
On-Scene Coordinator


Site Location:
1919 South Sandhills Road
Burrton, KS 67020
NRC#: 1373006

On July 14, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responded to a report of a chemical fire at 1919 South Sand Hill Road in Burrton, Kansas. EPA On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) found a smoldering pit containing at least 50 burned containers.

EPA monitored the air in real time and identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within the smoke plume. However, VOCs were not detected at elevated levels away from the burn pit, indicating widespread impacts were not present at that time. Additionally, an estimated 577 unburned containers were staged near the burn pit.

EPA oversaw response actions conducted by the Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) to stabilize the incident and relocate the containers into an on-site storage building.

On August 18, 2023, EPA and the PRP entered into a settlement agreement obligating the PRP to conduct assessment and cleanup actions at the site. Under this settlement agreement, the PRP will assess and dispose of the remaining containers; assess and clean up soil in and around the burn pit; and assess and remediate (if necessary) drinking water wells in the area. All of these activities will be done under EPA oversight.

On November 7, 2023, the PRPs' contractor conducted excavation of the burn pit. Once the containers and most of the ash were removed from the pit, the PRPs' contractor and EPA's contractor collected soil samples for VOCs, semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), and metals from the base of the excavation. These samples will be used to establish what contaminants of concern were present in the burn pit. Soil was then excavated from the base and sidewalls of the pit. Field screening of soil was conducted with a photoionization detector (PID) to establish the extent of excavation.

Soil was also scraped in the area around the pit and the former container staging area north of the pit. Waste from the pit and surrounding area is being stored in plastic-lined roll-off containers on-site. The PRPs’ contractor collected samples from the roll-off containers to characterize the waste for disposal. Orange safety fence was installed around the pit as a temporary barrier until the pit can be backfilled.

During excavation, the PRPs' contractor conducted air monitoring for VOCs at the excavation and approximately 200 feet downwind of the excavation. EPA's contractor also conducted air monitoring at the excavation site. No exceedances were noted by EPA or the PRPs' contractor.

On November 8, 2023, the unburned containers were packaged for transportation off-site. The containers were transported off-site for disposal on November 17, 2023.

Once the contaminants of concern for the burn pit are established, EPA will determine cleanup levels. Confirmation samples will then be collected from the sidewalls and base of excavation, as well as the former container staging area north of the burn pit, to compare to the established cleanup levels. It’s anticipated that this work will be conducted in early December 2023.