BUDD INLET SEDIMENT

A PUGET SOUND INITIATIVE SITE – REACHING THE GOAL OF A HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE PUGET SOUND NOW AND FOREVER


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CLEANUP SITES AROUND BUDD INLET

There are several cleanup sites around Budd Inlet (see map on left). Please click on a link below to go to the site specific cleanup webpage.  For more information about cleanup of the sediment in Budd Inlet read on.

1. West Bay Marina  6. Budd Inlet Sediments - Port Penninsula
2. Hardel Mutual Plywood  7. Cascade Pole
3. Reliable Steel  8. East Bay Redevelopment
4. Industrial Petroleum  9. Sediment Investigation - Baywide
5. Solid Wood Inc.  


DIOXINS AND PAHS CONTAMINATION FROM HISTORIC INDUSTRY AND STORMWATER RUNOFF.

The Department of Ecology began the Budd Inlet sediment investigation in April 2007 after the Port of Olympia (port) found elevated levels of dioxins in an area scheduled for maintenance dredging. The Budd Inlet sediment investigation is part of the Puget Sound Initiative.



We found Dioxins and PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) above the state cleanup level throughout the southern part of the inlet (closest to Olympia). However, studies show that in the shoreline (except around the Port peninsula area) dioxins are below the cleanup level (see Priest Point investigation section below). See these maps for the location and amount of contamination (PDF maps here). Note that the color on the map is estimated and may not reflect actual levels.



Most likely, the contamination came from historical (1920-80s) industries located on shore. Previously, there were several industries in the area, such as wood treatment facility, plywood manufacturing, and other factories that burned salt laden wood. An additional source of contamination comes from past and current stormwater runoff. For more technical information see the Sediment Dioxin Source Study link below.


Study Area Map
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PORT OF OLYMPIA PENINSULA INVESTIGATION

Current Status: Two reports are now available (see links below).

  • Report on the extent of contamination in the study area (see white boundary on map).
  • Report on where the contamination likely came from.
Also, the port is studying the stormwater runoff in both the East and West Bays to determine possible sources of current contamination. 



The port is under a legal agreement (agreed order) that requires them to investigate contamination, evaluate possible cleanup actions, and develop an interim action plan for cleanup in the study area.

Port Dredging: From October 2013 - February 2014, the port performed maintenance dredge for its shipping berths.



2008 Agreed Order: The 2008 agreed order required the port to dredge (remove) contaminated sediments from parts of two shipping berths and evaluate the effectiveness of dredge methods. To read the dredging reports, click “View Electronic Documents” in the bar to the right.


WHAT ARE DIOXINS AND PAHS ?

Both are groups of many chemicals that have a similar effect on living things. They are made when we burn coal, gas, garbage, or other organic (carbon-containing) substances. In large amounts and over time, some of the chemicals are carcinogenic (cancer causing), others have possible effects to reproduction or child development.



They do not break down easily in the environment and as a result, are found everywhere. Most people are exposed to very small amounts as they go about their daily lives. The main way people can be exposed to these contaminants in the sediment is by eating fish or shellfish raised in the contaminated area. A second way is by having skin contact with the contaminated mud.


PRIEST POINT PARK SEDIMENT INVESTIGATION

The State Department of Health (DOH) reported that they did not expect dioxins to affect people’s health by accidentally eating, touching, or inhaling sediment during recreation or beach cleanup. However, the DOH did not study PAHs in this study, therefore we do not know the levels in the shore area.



Ecology funded sediment sampling near the shores of Priest Point Park in Budd Inlet in the fall of 2010. This study found dioxin levels of 0.091 to 4.8 parts per trillion (ppt), at the park.  These levels are below the state cleanup level of 13 ppt.


PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Ecology wants to keep you involved!  You will have the chance to review and comment on key documents during the investigation process.  Please contact public involvement coordinator Stacy Galleher at the contact information listed to the right if you would like to be added to the mail or email lists for this site.




ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Map showing site location as Thurston County, WA SITE INFORMATION

Map

View Electronic Documents

Site Summary Report

Facility Site ID: # 3097108

Cleanup Site ID: 2245

Location:
Olympia, Thurston County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
Peter Striplin
Project Manager
(360) 407-6267

Stacy Galleher
Public Involvement Coordinator
(360) 407-6255


Document Repositories:

Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Dr SE
Lacey, 98503-1274
(360)407-6365

Timberland Olympia Library
313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, 98501-9300
(360)352-0595