Washington State Department of Ecology - March 22, 2013

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Comments sought on amended agreement for cleanup site near Duwamish River

BELLEVUE – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) seeks public comment on an amendment to a legal agreement with the owner of the Fox Avenue Building in south Seattle near the Duwamish River, which is undergoing an environmental cleanup. 

The amendment to Ecology’s 2012 agreed order with Fox Avenue LLC, would make the agreement consistent with recently updated state air quality cleanup standards.

The company is conducting a cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination on and around its 2.5 acre industrial property at 6900 Fox Ave. S., about a block from the Duwamish Waterway.

The proposed amendment to the agreed order is available for public review at:

Comments on the amendment should be sent by April 26, 2013, to Sunny Becker, Ecology site manager, at:

The amendment will have no effect on the cleanup work, which is proceeding on schedule.  An Ecology news release issued March 1, 2012 provides information about the cleanup plan.  A recently issued fact sheet explains the updated cleanup standards that apply to the amendment.

Cleanup of the Fox Avenue site contributes to a larger effort to control sources of contamination to Lower Duwamish Waterway sediments.  Ecology and EPA jointly oversee the Lower Duwamish Waterway cleanup site, approximately 5.5 miles of waterway upstream from Harbor Island.  For more information about the overall Lower Duwamish cleanup, please see: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites_brochure/lower_duwamish/lower_duwamish_hp.html

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Media Contacts:

Larry Altose, Ecology media relations, 425-649-7009, larry.altose@ecy.wa.gov

Sunny Becker, Ecology site manager, 425-649-7187, sunny.becker@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

Fox Avenue Building site (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=5082)

Fact sheet on the agreed order amendment (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/publications/1309131.pdf)

Previous news release (www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2012/073.html)

Lower Duwamish Superfund site:

Ecology website (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites_brochure/lower_duwamish/lower_duwamish_hp.html)

EPA website (http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/cleanup.nsf/sites/lduwamish)

Ecology's social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)