Hazardous Waste Program

Hardesty Federal Complex

The former Kansas City Quartermaster Depot, also known as the Hardesty Federal Complex, consists of 21.795 acres located at 607 Hardesty Avenue east of downtown Kansas City. The main function of the depot was to feed, clothe and equip the Army during World War II and from 1940 to 1953. The Army used the depot to receive and store protective and impermeable clothing, laundry and dry-cleaning supplies, inks, lithographic chemicals, petroleum products and petroleum handling equipment; reclaim petroleum containers, and treat clothing to make them resistant to chemicals such as mustard gas. The site was transferred to the U.S. General Services Administration, or GSA, Oct. 1, 1960. In 1980 GSA sold two of the buildings (1 and 2) to Megaspace Ltd.. In September 2011, GSA sold the remaining approximate 18 acres to the Hardesty Renaissance Economic Development Corporation through a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act 120 Early Transfer process where GSA maintains responsibility for addressing environmental-related issues resulting from past operations. 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Federal Facilities Section continues to work with GSA in providing state oversight for the environmental investigation and cleanup of the site. The Federal Facilities Section also coordinates with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and other state programs where appropriate.

Public Meeting to be held Oct. 29

Community members are invited to GSA’s public information session Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5-7 p.m., at the North-East Library at 6000 Wilson Road.

There will be a presentation at 6 p.m. about environmental sampling to-date, the next steps in the cleanup process, and opportunities for public involvement in decision making. Representatives from several agencies and organizations will be at the library throughout the evening to answer questions and discuss the project. Groups expected to attend include: GSA, the department, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS), Kansas City Health Department (KCHD), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), environmental engineering firm Terracon Consultants, and current complex owner Hardesty Renaissance Economic Development Corporation.

Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be onsite, and printed materials will be available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali. For accessibility or communication requests, please contact the GSA Hardesty Project team at 816-926-6903 or r6environment@gsa.gov.

Past Public Meetings

Dec. 5, 2013 - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) hosted its second Public Information Session at the North-East Library at 6000 Wilson Road in Kansas City. About 15 community members attended the meeting. Representatives from GSA, GSA's environmental testing firm Terracon, the department, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services attended. GSA and Terracon representatives gave a presentation about the environmental investigation and cleanup process of the site. GSA expects the investigation phase, which seeks to determine the full extent of the pollution, will conclude in winter 2014. The next step will be to determine possible cleanup options, and then to present those options to the community for feedback.

June 20, 2013 - GSA hosted a Public Information Session at the North-East Library at 6000 Wilson Road in Kansas City, to discuss environmental sampling results.  About 30 community members attended the meeting. Representatives from GSA, GSA's environmental testing firm Terracon, the department, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Kansas City Department of Health were on hand to take questions from residents about past, present and future testing at and around the former federal complex. GSA also informed residents of its intention to expand groundwater testing to help determine the extent of the pollution under nearby residential areas. 

Current Information
Currently, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is working with GSA as the agency conducts a remedial investigation to help define the nature and extent of contamination. The information gathered from the investigation will also be used to identify potential source areas and determine potential pathways of migration. The General Services Administration has submitted a remedial investigation/feasibility study work plan that will:

Relevant Documents

Hardesty Environmental Cleanup Newsletter Fall 2014 (English)

Hardesty Environmental Cleanup Newsletter Fall 2014 (Somali)

Hardesty Environmental Cleanup Newsletter Fall 2014 (Vietnamese)

Hardesty Environmental Cleanup Newsletter Fall 2014 (Spanish)

CERCLA Environmental Investigation and Cleanup Process

Tentative Schedule for CERLCA Cleanup Actions at the Former Hardesty Federal Complex. October 2014.

Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Work Plan - Final Revision 2.0. March 13, 2013, Prepared for General Services Administration by Terracon Consultants Inc.

Hardesty Federal Complex Community Involvement Plan (Coming Soon!)
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