RG Haley Intl Corp
Cornwall Ave N, Bellingham, WA 98227

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SITE STATUS - FEBRUARY 2016

Ecology has finalized an environmental report for the RG Haley Site, called a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) Report. It includes an investigation of contamination at the site, an evaluation of several possible cleanup options, and a selection of a preferred option for the cleanup of the site.

Ecology conducted a public comment period for the RI/FS from August 31 - October 14, 2015.  Seven people commented on the document, resulting in minor changes. The RI/FS is now considered final, and Ecology will move on to the next step in the cleanup process, which will be to work with the city of Bellingham to develop a cleanup action plan for the site.

You can view these documents by following the links below.


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SITE DESCRIPTION

The R.G. Haley site consists of about six upland acres and a larger in-water area on the Bellingham waterfront south of the intersection of Cornwall Avenue and Wharf Street. Studies show that upland soil, marine sediment, and groundwater within the site, are contaminated with wood treatment chemicals. The site (PDF 459KB) includes land owned by the City of Bellingham and land owned by the State of Washington, managed by the State Department of Natural Resources.

From the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, the site was used for industries including lumber, coal and wharf operations. Various companies treated wood on the property since before 1951. R.G. Haley International Corporation was the last company to treat wood there, from 1955 to 1985. Douglas Management Company bought the R.G. Haley property in 1990. The city of Bellingham then bought it in 2009.

In 2001 and 2002, Douglas Management investigated oil seeping into Bellingham Bay from the shoreline along the northern boundary of what is now the site. The investigations identified contaminants and located a floating hydrocarbon plume immediately inland from the oil seep. The ongoing release of contaminants to Bellingham Bay prompted the company to take emergency actions, coordinating with Ecology. Emergency measures included building a sheet pile wall along the shoreline, installing oil recovery wells, monitoring wells and equipment, removing some sediment, and building shoreline erosion protection. An additional action was taken in 2013 to arrest oil seepage into the bay from a different location on the shoreline.

Additional work to investigate the nature and extent of contamination at the site continued between 2002 and 2014, culminating in the issuing of a public-review draft remedial investigation report in August, 2015.   A public review draft feasibility report describing an evaluation of cleanup alternatives was issued at the same time.

Contaminants at the site include pentachlorophenol (PCP), hydrocarbons related to diesel fuel, dioxins/furans, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These contaminants are present in concentrations that must be addressed under the state's cleanup law, the Model Toxics Control Act.

The R.G. Haley site is one of 12 cleanup sites in the Bellingham Bay Demonstration Pilot project, a coordinated bay-wide effort by federal, tribal, state and local governments to clean up contamination, control pollution sources and restore habitat, with consideration for land and water uses. The work is informed by the Bellingham Bay Comprehensive Strategy, completed by the pilot work group in 2000.


RELATED DOCUMENTS


PROJECT TIMELINE

  • August 31 - Ocotber 14, 2015:  RI/FS public comment period
  • Late 2015:  issue final RI/FS Report
  • 2016:  public review of Cleanup Action Plan
  • 2017:  begin construction


 

Map showing site location as Whatcom County, WA SITE INFORMATION

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Site Summary Report

Facility Site ID: # 2870

Cleanup Site ID: 3928

Location:
Bellingham, Whatcom County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
Mark Adams
Site Manager
(425) 649-7107

Brad Petrovich
Public Involvement Coordinator
(425) 533-5537

Lucy McInerney
Project Lead
(425) 649-7272


Document Repositories:

Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, 98008-5452
(425)649-7190

Ecology Bellingham Field Office
1440 10th Street Suite 102
Bellingham, 98225
(360)715-5200

Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave
Bellingham, 98227
(360)778-7323