Washington State Department of Ecology - May 10, 2013

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Agreement enables cleanup work at Troy Laundry site

BELLEVUE – Partial cleanup of contaminated soil and underground water at the former Troy Laundry site in Seattle could proceed under a proposed change to a legal agreement between the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the site’s current owner.

Ecology invites the public to review and comment on the proposed amendment to an Agreed Order between Touchstone SLU LLC (Touchstone) and Ecology, first signed in 2012. The amendment would enable Touchstone to conduct expedited cleanup work on a portion of the property at 307 Fairview Ave. N. At the same time, work would continue under the Agreed Order to study site contamination and develop final cleanup plans.

The site operated as an industrial dry cleaning facility from 1926 to 1985, and has been used for storage and parking since that time. Available investigation results indicate releases of dry cleaning solvents and petroleum occurred to the soil and groundwater at the property at levels that exceed state cleanup standards

Ecology will accept comment on the amendment and related site documents until June 10, 2013. Comments and technical questions should be directed to Maura O’Brien, site manager, Dept. of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue WA 98008; 425-649-7249; maura.obrien@ecy.wa.gov.

The amendment, Agreed Order and related site documents are available at:

A fact sheet that describes the Troy Laundry site amended Agreed Order is available online.

Cleanups of this and other contaminated sites are part of Ecology’s efforts to reduce and prevent toxic threats to the environment and human health.

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Media Contacts:

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

Maura O’Brien, Ecology cleanup site manager, 425-649-7249, maura.obrien@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

Troy Laundry site (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=11690)

Fact sheet (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/publications/1309168.pdf)

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