PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD APRIL 17, 2017-MAY 17, 2017
A public meeting and open house will be held on April 25, 2017 at the Olympia Center (222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Ecology staff will be on hand to answer questions about the final cleanup. We will give a presentation at 7 pm.
In addition to the meeting we invite you to submit written comments on several cleanup documents.
- Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study report: This report outlines the nature and extent of contamination and examines cleanup options.
- Draft Cleanup Action Plan: This describes the proposed final cleanup actions.
- Agreed Order: A legal agreement with the owners of the land to do the cleanup.
- SEPA Determination: This describes the potential impacts of the project on the surrounding environment. Ecology reviewed the checklist and determined that the action was not likely to have significant negative impacts (a Determination of Non-Significance).
To view the documents click the links below or "View Electronic Documents" link in the bar on the right.
SITE DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY
From the late 1880s until 1968, the site was used for timber-related industries. Since then, the site has been used for commercial and light industrial activities and storage. Previous users included a sawmill, planing mill, shingle mill, and plywood manufacturers.
Historic activities caused soil and groundwater contamination. Total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs), carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins and furans, and metals were detected above state cleanup levels in soil. Investigations also revealed TPHs and metals in groundwater above state cleanup levels or screening levels.
The Port of Olympia (port) entered the Voluntary Cleanup Program in January 2007. The site was transferred to a formal cleanup process in February 2008.
In June 2010, LOTT Cleanup Water Alliance (LOTT) and the City of Olympia (city) purchased two parcels that are part of the East Bay site. The city, LOTT, and the port are now all responsible for the cleanup of the East Bay Redevelopment site. All three parties entered into a legal agreement (Agreed Order) to continue with site work.
From 2009-2012, two partial cleanups (interim actions) were done in to remove and contain contaminated soil on the southern half of the site. We conducted this cleanup during infrastructure construction of the Hands On Children's Museum, the LOTT and East Bay public plazas, and associated roads.
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. Documents will be at this web site and at the repository locations listed to the right as they become available.