Department of Ecology News Release - June 4, 2012

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Ecology invites public comment on proposal to remove Hardel site in Olympia from Hazardous Sites List

OLYMPIA – The public is invited to comment on a Department of Ecology (Ecology) proposal to deem cleanup of the Hardel Mutual Plywood (Hardel) site complete.

People can comment on this proposal to remove the Hardel site from Ecology’s Hazardous Sites List until July 6, 2012. The site is located at 1210 West Bay Drive N.W. Olympia, on the shore of Budd Inlet.

The Hazardous Sites List consists of sites Ecology has assessed for their risk to human health and the environment. Sites must go through cleanup and meet state standards before Ecology can remove them from the list.

Rebecca Lawson, Ecology’s regional manager for the Toxics Cleanup Program, said: “Removing a site from the Hazardous Sites List is always a big accomplishment. In this case, the completion of this cleanup also would mark a milestone in the cleanup of Puget Sound. Hardel’s cleanup efforts helped reduce pollution threatening Budd Inlet and contributed to improving the overall health of the Sound.”

In 2007, Governor Christine Gregoire and the Washington Legislature established the Puget Sound Initiative to restore the health of Puget Sound by 2020. One of the initiative’s strategies is to clean up toxic sites along the shores of the sound.

Hardel removed contaminated soil, treated groundwater, and did sampling to make sure the site was clean. The contaminants removed were mainly hydrocarbons from heavy oil, diesel, and petroleum.

Submit written comments on the proposal to Guy Barrett, Washington Department of Ecology, Southwest Regional Office, Toxics Cleanup Program, P.O. Box 47775 Olympia, WA 98504-7775. Or contact Barrett by phone at 360-407-7115 or email at Guy.Barrett@ecy.wa.gov

Ecology must receive written comments no later than 5 p.m. July 6, 2012. The agency will then respond to comments in a responsiveness summary, which will be made publicly available.

If cleanup is deemed finished at this time, Ecology also will officially notify Hardel in writing and then remove the site from the Hazardous Sites List.

The Hardel site was used for logging and lumber businesses from 1924 to 1996. After a fire severely damaged buildings, Hardel ceased operations at the site.

Ecology and Hardel signed a legal agreement called an Agreed Order in 2007 that required Hardel to investigate and look at alternatives to clean up the site. As the company investigated the site, it found that some contamination was moving toward Budd Inlet.

Due to the immediate threat to the environment, Hardel proposed an interim action (partial cleanup), which was approved by Ecology in 2010 following a public comment period. This plan included:

Hardel continued to sample groundwater for one year after completing the interim action. The company found no contaminants above cleanup levels.

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Media Contacts: Ecology Southwest Region Communications: Linda Kent, 360-407-6239 or 360-491-9830 (cell); linda.kent@ecy.wa.gov 

For more information:

Ecology’s Hardel Cleanup Website (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=3704)

Information on petroleum hydrocarbons (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/toxchemicallisting.asp?sysid=35)

Information on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/toxsubstance.asp?toxid=25)

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